Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
NILE HOPE has undertaken WASH interventions since 2006. In this regard, WASH has become an aspect of specialization in the organization. Moreover, NILE HOPE plays key roles in the WASH sector and Cluster forums in the localities it implements WASH. WASH services are needed as they meet a priority need in communities, especially among IDPs, returnees, refugees, host communities, as well as communities who have low access to WASH amenities.
In South Sudan, it is estimated that only 41% of the population have access to safe water for domestic use. 74% of the total population defecate in the open and have no access to human waste disposal facilities. Sources of clean water such as boreholes were damaged or are dysfunctional due to lack of repairs. Cholera epidemic was declared in both 2016 and 2017 when outbreaks reached high proportions of the population, pointing to the disparity of need at local community level.
Due to fragility in South Sudan, even simple infrastructure like latrines and boreholes were broken down or are not functional for lack of spares. In addition, local artisans have been displaced. Frequent human movement caused by conflict or disaster, basic services like water and sanitation, among others cannot be scaled up at short notice to meet the needs of the newly displaced IDPs and their host community who also suffer. Services to returnees cannot be delivered to meet need when IDPs begin to return due to the large populations involved.
NILE HOPE intends to revitalize the WASH function based on the functional analysis outputs to improve institutional capacities for quality performance in the unit as well as at the staff level. It will further strengthen membership and participation in the WASH, clusters to influence programme direction and access resources. For systematic institutional strengthening in WASH the following have been adopted:
Our WASH Mandate is providing adequate clean water, community-led hygiene and sanitation
WASH Strategic Goals
- Reduce the prevalence of water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases among the communities by 2022
- Enhanced capacity of both communities and WASH staff
- Strengthened WASH Emergency Preparedness and Response
Institutional Strengthening Objectives
- Increased access to safe water supply
- Strengthened capacity of the target communities
- Strengthened community resilience and response to emergencies and disaster
- Enhance capacities of communities for safe water supply, and improved sanitation and hygiene
- Provide adequate and clean water supply; improved sanitation and hygiene
Reduce prevalence of water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases among the communities by 2022