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Water, Sanitation & Health

Water, Sanitation & Health

Water is life and our water and sanitation projects are virtually the epicenter and premier activity of our community development work. The program focuses on improving and optimizing access to safe water, adequate sanitation and health among geographically remote communities in East Africa.

Springs Protection

Our water and sanitation projects are virtually the epicenter and premier activity of our community development work. We used the Springs Protection project as an entry point into new communities. The success of the program highly depends on the collaboration and participation of the community involved.
These springs are difficult to access and the water is not be potable either. ROA in partnership with WHO Kenya country office promotes and protects the springs with the beneficiary communities involvement.

The program helps by:

  • Reducing waterborne diseases and sanitation related diseases among the beneficiary community
  • Improving livelihoods of the beneficiaries by facilitating better health and sanitation and, therefore, happy families
  • Enhancing environmental protection of water sources through appropriate soil conservation measures to curb water pollution
  • Improving food security of the beneficiaries by facilitating the protection and utilization of riverbanks for food production through agriculture

Through this program, thousands of households have access to clean and safe potable water and ROA intends to reach as many more households in the next coming years.

Sustainable Water Harvesting and Wetland Utilization

The well-being of families is impossible without sustainable, equitable access to clean water, dignified sanitation and appropriate hygiene behaviors. Our water and sanitation projects are therefore the epicenter and premier activity of our community development work. As clean water is in the interest of all community members our water related projects represent an important entry point for other activities in new communities.

ROA works with international partners to ensure that community members have access to clean potable water, better health and sanitation, a clean environment and better protected and utilized riverbeds.

To achieve these objectives, ROA carries out the following activities:

  • Protection of identified and naturally occurring water springs and construction of hand-dug wells fitted with hand pumps
  • Construction of VIP toilets for family members in the community and institutions (churches, schools, hospitals and administration centers)
  • Conducting training and awareness campaigns on personal hygiene, environmental hygiene and protection as well as sanitation.

Sanitation, Health & HIV

ROA is committed to address the challenges posed by the HIV/ AIDS pandemic and promotes creation of resource centers aimed at providing medical, material and psychological support services to the people living with and affected by HIV/ AIDS. In this context ROA maintains a database on the prevailing social and scientific developments regarding reproductive health and HIV/ AIDs.

ROA works with the government to carry out intensive training to the communities on topics such as the concept of HIV/ AIDS home-based care, symptoms of HIV/ AIDS, prevention of mother- to- child transmission, community mobilization, and nutrition for people living with HIV/ AIDs, among others.

This helps in reducing stigmatization of the infected and the affected persons. We encourage community members to go for testing disclose their status.


Sustainable Water Harvesting & Wetland Utilization in Butere Sub-County

The project was initiated in 1998 with the generous support from the Headley Trust, UK ( one of the Lord Sainsbury’s Trusts) and it envisaged to ensure that: community members from Butere/ Mumias district access clean potable water, better health and sanitation, clean environment, and better protected and utilized riverbeds.

Shikunga HIV/ AIDS Resource Center

ROA in collaboration with Gatsby Foundation-UK set up the Shikunga HIV/AIDS Resource Center in 2003 in Butere sub-county. This was a community-initiated project derived from the need by the local community project management committee to respond to challenges posed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Distribution of Sanitary Pads to School Girls

Management of menstruation can present substantial challenges to girls in low-income settings. Many girls in primary schools in rural areas skip school when their monthly menstrual cycle is in full swing. They are subjected to embarrassment and fear of teasing related to menstruation. This, together with menstrual pain and lack of effective materials for menstrual hygiene management, leads to school absenteeism, thus impeding their academic performance. Social studies in schools show that poverty and menstruation as the key factors associated with school attendance among girls.


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