Sanitation is essential to the survival and development of children. Currently, there are 2.4 billion people worldwide who do not use improved sanitation (a facility that safely separates human waste from human contact). 946 million people go in the open, known as "open defecation". While progress has been made to improve access to sanitation in some parts of the world, millions of children in poor and rural areas have been left behind.
KEY SANITATION FACTS
1. 1 in 3 people don't use improved sanitation
2. 1 in 7 people use open defecation.
3. Since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation.
4. We must double our current efforts in order to end open defecation by 2030
ENDING OPEN DEFECATION. Open defecation is when people go out in the field, forests, open bodies of water, or other open spaces rather than using a toilet. Its incredibly dangerous, as contact with human waste can cause diseases such as cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, diarrhoea, worm infection and under nutrition. Everyday, over 800 children under five die from diarrhoea-related diseases.
STIPA'S PROJECTS IN SANITATION. STIPA is working in Western Kenya to improve sanitation and to advocate for sanitation issues. We do this by supporting schools and capacity building communities to implement the sanitation framework in their community. The vision of the project is also to be embraced by other stakeholders to be practiced countrywide.
THE POPULATION STIPA WASH PROGRAM HAS SERVED.
SANITATION FACILITY DESIGN AND COMPLETED STRUCTURE
STIPA uses Eco-san technologies with ISSSB blocks.
ISSB Technology is where blocks are made using locally available resources (marum soil, water and cement). Minimal ratio of cement is used. This technology enables the recovery of nutrients from human waste for the benefit of agriculture thus helping to preserve soil fertility and assure food security for the future generation it also minimizes water pollution and recover bio energy.
ISSB MACHINE GIVEN TO THE COMMUNITIES.
Water tanks, toilets and waste management sheds are also constructed for schools with the intention to improve enrollment, retention and performance of children, especially the girls.
STIPA fosters community based approaches for sanitation, to empower communities to end open defecation themselves. Communities are encouraged to carry out sufficient sanitation and safe water use.
STIPA is a member of Kisumu County WASH Networks and participates in the members activities that include but not limited to:
1. Lobby and Advocacy for better WASH services in Kisumu County.
2. Monitoring and evaluation of members projects to a certain value for money and quality of WASH infrastructures.
3. Emergency based activities.
STIPA COMMUNITY WASH METHODOLOGIES.
STIPA implements community WASH projects using PICD approach that integrates and borrows heavily from PHAST, PHASE, CIC, CLTS. This approach is basically used for proper community entry, Mobilization planning, Monitoring and in Evaluation in measuring results. (Read more from PICD COLUMN).