Our Strategic Priorities

4. To increase access to essential services, including clean water...

Improving access to safe drinking water

According to YDM and CBO records, communities were given grants to enable them increase access to safe drinking water in their communities. As a result, 29 safe water points, which included piped water, dams and hand-dug wells, were constructed or rehabilitated. By the end of the project funding, 20,518 people (205%) against the 5-year target) of 10,000 had access to safe drinking water.

Safe water well in Wellington slum community

Safe water well in Wellington slum community

The evaluation team visited 8 water points which were randomly selected for the 8 communities. CBO leaders and individual community members benefitted from the safe water facility.

  1. A general appreciation was showed in all beneficiary communities, especially women and girls for the project support which enabled them to reduce the long distances and time they used to waste while standing in long queues to get water not only to drink, but also use for other domestic purposes.
  2. Records also showed that there were fewer cases of ill-health in their communities resulting from water-borne diseases, especially among children. This was confirmed by teachers in the primary schools in the area who also reported that school attendance had improved and lateness had reduced significantly. Furthermore, records at Health Units in the target area indicated a significant drop in waterborne diseases, especially among children.
  3. The number of people collecting clean water from the safe water sources in the target area had kept increasing and this was attributed to the increased level of awareness among the community members which encouraged people outside the targeted area to take advantage of the project-supported water points.
  4. There was a concern that people from neighbouring communities were collecting water from their protected water points, which was likely to cause constant breakdowns of the facilities due to excessive pressures on them.