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Rehabilitation of shallow wells in Turkana

SWIFT, a results-based initiative that is delivering sanitation services in both arid and urban regions in Kenya, continued delivering water interventions to the residents in Turkana.

Practical Action has successfully rehabilitated seven shallow wells spread across Loima region in Turkana South and Turkana East sub-counties. These are now operational and each of them is providing at least 500 beneficiaries with safe water.

The project also rehabilitated a shallow well in Tiya village, which had fell dysfunctional as a result of a worn out part in the system, causing the community to go back to sand-scooping in search of water. This is now working in good order, after the replacement parts on the Afridev pump system were replaced, providing the community with secure water for human consumption. A water trough for animals has also been constructed, with a covered manhole to allow de-silting access.

23 August 2015

Successful sanitation triggering at four villages in Turkana South

SWIFT is now running in earnest. Already communities have been identified and sanitation triggering activities commenced. This instead involves mobilisation efforts focusing on helping communities and individuals understand the health risks of open defecation and use disgust and shame as “triggers” to promote action, which ultimately lead to the construction and exclusive use of locally-built low-cost household latrines.

Formation of community-led management structures begins

Design for water and sanitation infrastructure is about complete this week. The SWIFT project is also in the process of constituting the project’s community-led steering committees in the two operation areas in the informal settlements of Mukuru and Kawangware. With a membership of 10 (comprising project partners, community representatives and local stakeholders), the committees will oversee and run the implementation of the project activities; provide guidance; and support project follow up activities.

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