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Like the case in most rural areas of the country, the community OSRA’s operation areas lack basic services needed to the betterment of their livelihoods. Water supply and sanitation facilities, which are vital for protecting the environment, improving health, improving the quality of education in schools, reduce women and children’s burden and alleviation of poverty is one of the critical problems of the communities and schools in the target areas.
The general objective of the project is, therefore, to contribute to the improvement of the living situation of community members in the intervention areas through provision of water supply and sanitation for both communities and school children.
The majority of the people rely on surface water such as small streams and unprotected traditional hand dug wells, which are not potable to get water for human and animal consumption. Particularly, women and children who assume the responsibility of fetching water is the most affected portion of the community due to lack of these facilities. They have to travel long distance to fetch un potable water for household consumption. As a result, the communities are exposed to water borne diseases endangering their health status.
The general objective of the WASH program is to contribute to the improvement of the living situation of the people in the intervention areas through provision of water supply and sanitation facilities, and hygiene education for both communities and school children.