The WatSan programme is being implemented in Somaliland through partnership with the German Red Cross. The aim of the project is to increase the availability of safe water for human consumption, livestock and agriculture so as to meet the basic needs of the target population.
During the year, the construction of 12 improved and designed shallow wells and six piped water system were completed. 451 family latrines for 21 communities were completed. 495 water filters were distributed to project target communities using unsafe surface water. The distribution targeted the most vulnerable people mainly women, children and the aged.
As for the training, SRCS community development workers (CDWs) facilitated PHAST training for community members and opinion leaders. The training was carried out through weekly sessions comprising of 17 activities and following a seven step process. The total number of direct beneficiaries was 3825 while indirect beneficiaries were 22,950.
CHAST training to school children was successfully completed. The total number of direct beneficiaries was 1071 while the indirect beneficiaries were 6426.
Environmental training workshop was held for the community committees responsible for WatSan activities. 31 participants of nomads and farmers attended the training. The sanitation officers conducted the training and produced new environmental training materials and distributed to the participants. The total number of beneficiaries is 183.
Advanced PHAST/ CHAST training was given to SRCS volunteers. The total number of beneficiaries was 100 volunteers.
A monitoring system enabling follow up of behaviour change following PHAST/ CHAST training was described at community level. It was found that the system was functioning well. The extensive network of community volunteers enable a large population to be regularly ‘sampled’. The monitoring system in place remains an effective tool for assessing PHAST and CHAST behavioural changes with the participation of communities. Refer to Annex 2, for details of the activities and trainings undertaken during the year 2009.