Pamoja Gender and Youth Initiative – PAGEYI

WASH, Food Security and Nutrition

Pageyi Water Sanitation
According to UNICEF’s definition, WASH is the collective term for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Due to their interdependent nature, these three core issues are grouped together to represent a growing sector. While each a separate field of work, each is dependent on the presence of the other. For example, without toilets, water sources become contaminated; without clean water, basic hygiene practices are not possible.

WATER

PAGEYI’s work in water focuses on providing rural communities with access to clean and safe water, without having to risk a lot travelling huge distances looking for water. Our team focuses on coming up with new and innovative ways to improve WASH standards among the communities we work with.

SANITATION

PAGEYI organizes community-led initiatives to build, maintain and use clean and safe toilets. Separation of human waste from people and basic sanitation workshops are organized alongside governmental and local leadership of the communities.

Hygiene

PAGEYI educates and encourages communities to nurture good hygiene practices, especially hand-washing with soap after toilet use. We stress to the communities on the importance of hygiene, not only for its importance to overall human health, but more importantly, for avoiding risk of their children contracting diseases.

Water, sanitation and hygiene are crucial components needed for the developement and well being of poor communities.

Our WASH program seeks to promote WASH informed by national and international frameworks that relate to water, sanitation and hygiene. These include Agenda 21, SDGs number 6: ensuring access to water and sanitation for all, and Vision 2030.

This is achieved through provision of water to the most affected communities in the ASAL areas of Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania, modelling and installing integrated waste water management systems, promoting hygiene in schools and to care givers; sanitations options and solutions available to communities through creating awareness around and promoting sanitation value chain, awareness creation on environmental protection and WASH, social behaviour change communication, partnerships such as joint ventures with relevant actors, advocacy to influence policy, waste management using the 3Rs (Re-use, Re-cycle, Reduce).

The program targets youth-led and women-led interventions through training and partnership for an improved understanding of the interactions among policies and WASH. It is expected to result in communities living in a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.

There is continuing deterioration in the overall in nutrition levels in Somalia, in some parts more than others. Research conducted showed that an estimated 388,000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, while a large percentage are severely malnourished and face an increased risk of morbidity and death.
The rampant drought has immensely affected agricultural activities in the country and thereby reducing the county’s food basket. The situation is especially worse in centers hosting internally displaced persons. The country has since been impacted by high food prices, increased competition from displaced populations and localized trade disruptions, poor households in some of the major urban areas of the country face acute food security Crisis.

It is high time we as a country stop relying on food aid and come up with workable measures to ensure the country can sustain its food requirements. This is an uphill task but not entirely an impossible one. With the right structures and systems in place, Pamoja Gender & Youth Initiative believes that this can be tackled.

Intervention Strategy

The program seeks to promote WASH informed by national and international frameworks that relate to water, sanitation and hygiene. These include Agenda 21, SDGs number 6: ensuring access to water and sanitation for all, and Vision 2030. This is achieved through provision of water to the most affected communities in the ASAL areas of Kenya and Somalia, modelling and installing integrated waste water management systems, promoting hygiene in schools and to care givers; sanitations options and solutions available to communities through creating awareness around and promoting sanitation value chain, awareness creation on environmental protection and WASH, social behaviour change communication, partnerships such as joint ventures with relevant actors, advocacy to influence policy, waste management using the 3Rs (Re-use, Re-cycle, Reduce). The program targets youth-led and women-led interventions through training and partnership for an improved understanding of the interactions among policies and WASH. It is expected to result in communities living in a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.

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