IMPROVED ACCESS TO SUSTAINABLY MANAGED MICRO-FINANCE AND WaSH SYSTEMS – WaSH SELF SUPPLY PROJECT

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IMPROVED ACCESS TO SUSTAINABLY MANAGED MICRO-FINANCE AND WaSH SYSTEMS – WaSH SELF SUPPLY PROJECT

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Project Fact Sheet
Donor:

EUROPEAN UNION

Project Implementing Partner:

SEND SIERRA LEONE, MOPADA, WELTHUNGERHILFE (WHH)

Project Location:

KENEMA

Duration:

34 MONTHS

Project Budget:

1,465,268.70 Euros

Project Thematic Areas:

WASH, ACCESS TO FINANCE, GENDER, HEALTH AND HYGIENE

Contact details and contact

Send Sierra Leone

8 Morigbeh Street, Reservation Road,

Reservation Road,

Kenema,Sierra Leone

+232 78 206 853

PROJECT PROBLEMS

In Sierra Leone, malnutrition is characterised by both by widespread food insecurity and poor WASH situation. Between 59.7% and 49.8% in rural and urban areas are respectively food insecure due low educational opportunities, low agricultural productivity, absence of rural income diversification sources, low access to imported farm inputs, poor infrastructure and market access.

In Kenema District, 5 of the 17 chiefdoms are food insecurity above 70%. The Global Acute Malnutrition is 5.7% higher above the international average. In Sierra Leone, over 70% of women make up the agricultural workforce ranging from production, processing to marketing. Despite this, women are marginalized when it comes to decision making and governance.

IN KENEMA DISTRICT

  • 30.4% of the population have access to tube wells, protected wells, protected springs and stand pipes.
  • Only 42% of households use an improved water source that they can reach in less than 30 minutes, as required by the new SDG indicator for access to clean drinking water.
  • 72.1% of the population use open hole or bucket for defecation, a few use latrines, the remaining use other facilities.
  • 2.9% men and women have access to improved pit latrines, whereas 73.3% use traditional pit latrines, and only one fifth use adequate and safe facilities that are not shared with other households.
  • 92.7% of the population wash their hand after defecation, but only 31% wash their hands before eating and 34.8% before cooking.
  • With16.3% is among the districts with a medium prevalence of child illness (SLNNS 2017). Child morbidity is due to the nutritional status and the WASH context.
  • PROPOSED STRATEGIES

    The project will be achieved based on the implementation of

    PROPOSED STRATEGIES

    The project will be achieved based on the implementation of

    THEORY OF CHANGE

    THEORY OF CHANGE OF ACCESS TO MICRO-FINANCE ON THE NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF RURAL HOUSEHOLDS

    PROJECT ACTIVITIES

    The activities related to the proposed action are outlined below:

    INCEPTION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

  • Project familiarization workshop with district stakeholders.
  • Introduction of the Nutrition/Gender-Sensitive Community-Led WASH Self-Supply Project Implementation Approach.
  • Selection and training of the members of the WASH project selection committee of the communities.
  • Preparation of tender documents and selection criteria for community WASH project proposals.
  • Training of the communities in the application process and the selection procedure / criteria Selection of community project proposals.
  • Joint monitoring with stakeholders at district level.
  • JAdvocacy on the Nutrition-Sensitive Community-led WASH Self Supply Project Implementation approach.
  • OUTCOME ONE

    ACCESS TO INCOME AND IMPROVED LIVELIHOOD PRACTICES IN WASH FACILITIES

    The project activities are proposed:

  • Create awareness on the VSLA approach and sanitation marketing.
  • Establish VSLAs at the community level.
  • Train VSLA executives in microfinance management and establishment of the WASH maintenance fund.
  • Train borrowers in corporate management, accounting and business skills.
  • Disbursement of microfinance loans.
  • Monitor loan repayment.
  • Advocate on sanitation.
  • Awareness on water, hygiene and sanitation facilities maintenance.
  • Establish WASH maintenance fund and training of VSLAs in fund management.
  • Establish Sanitation Marketing and WASH committees.
  • OUTCOME TWO

    ACCESS TO PROTECTED WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS AND APPLYING SAFE NUTRITION, HYGIENE AND SANITATION PRACTICES

    The following activities are proposed:

  • Selection of local technicians for training on technology-based WASH facilities.
  • Theoretical and practical training of local technicians.
  • Construction of manually drilled wells.
  • Construct 1,000 improved pit latrines and hand-washing facilities.
  • Train community members in the maintenance of the WASH infrastructure.
  • Train MOPADA on GMF and LANN+
  • Raise awareness of the target communities for the GMF approach.
  • Select and train gender model families (GMF) in the GMF approach.
  • Promote rollout of GMF training for up to 2,000 additional households.
  • CONTACT OF PARTNERS

    PARTNERS INFORMATION

    WELTHUNGERHILFE (WHH): is a German non-governmental organization working in Sierra Leone since 2003. WHH’s project portfolio covers food and nutrition security, agriculture and income generation, WASH, waste management, public health, renewable energy and skills development. Main intervention areas are in the Eastern and Southern provinces – including Bonthe District and recently interventions in the North started. Welthungerhilfe implements several projects through local partner organizations to strenghten civil society. WHH is the lead partner of this project.

    SEND SIERRA LEONE: is non-governmental organization with a vision to contribute to a Sierra Leone where people’s rights and well-being are guaranteed. SEND Sierra Leone is part of a West African structure with a headquarters in Ghana and offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone where approaches and experiences are shared. SEND Sierra Leone is an independent structure, a local NGO registered in Sierra Leone, which has its own project portfolio and budget separate from Ghana. SEND's portfolio includes community development, WaSH, health, nutrition/agriculture and women's empowerment. Intervention areas are in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Western Areas Urban, and Rural districts and more recently, the district of Bonthe. SEND is one of the other co-partners of this project.

    MOPADA: is non-governmental organization with a vision to transform a self-sustaining community, accessing its full rights with limited hindrance. MOPADA’s portfolio include WASH self-supply strategies, health, women’s empowerment, food security, and livelihood. Intervention areas are in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema, Pujehun, Bo, Moyamba, Kono Portloko, Bombali and Koinadugu. MOPADA is one of the other co-partners of this project.

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