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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.