Water and sanitation are essential to life, health, livelihood and dignity. They are fundamental human rights. Water is indeed a food in itself, without which human beings cannot normally survive more than 5 days. An adequate and timely supply of clean water is very important for people. The provision of adequate sanitation is also important. Habitat for Humanity Cote D’ivoire in its growing desire to serve more families of all social strata in need has initiated the project of access to clean water.
The access to safe drinking water project meets the demand to drastically reduce cases of disease through: 1. The rehabilitation of water points , 2. The construction of toilets, 3. The supply quantity and quality of drinking water to households, 4. Improvement of good hygiene practices through training of health committees.
The program aims to improve the health of vulnerable populations, including women and children through access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. The objective of the program allows rehabilitating water points or village pumps, promoting access to safe water to vulnerable, improving health through the use of water quality, training repairmen, training water management committees, improving hygiene and sanitation of the people and building toilets and adequate latrines.
The Access project to clean water and sanitation Habitat for Humanity Côte d'Ivoire initiated in 2010 allowed serving more than 200,000 vulnerable families in the North, East and Central. Thanks to the financial support of Global Nature Fund, Sika, the American School, and GOAC etc. The lives of thousands of vulnerable families have been significantly improved access to safe drinking water and improved hygiene.
The project also helped train and develop the Water Point Management Committees (WMC), which are local monitoring committees, responsible for maintenance and daily maintenance to ensure the durability of structures. With HFHCI these CGPE were trained in hygiene to reduce the risks associated with the transmission of diseases related to water. The training participants receive basic notions necessary to behavioral and environmental hygiene, to serve as intermediaries with other villagers. This also helps arouse in them the desire to make collections for future failures. The training also covers local artisans. The objective of this training is to foster a transfer of authority to the local level for the repair and maintenance of water points.
During the year 2015-2016, the Global Nature Fund project has rehabilitated five (05) hand pumps (TDC) in the region of Dimbokro, specifically in the village of Django-Kokokro, Adjoumanikro, Abo N 'guessankro Kouadio-Ettienkro and Tangoumassou. Eventually, approximately 280 families (56 families for one pump) that have access to good quality water and 240 people were trained in hygiene.
Similarly, the American High School has donated funds for two rehabilitation (02) hand pumps (TDC) in the village of Kouadio-Ettienkro, in the department of Dimbokro. Today, 112 families (56 families for one pump) that have daily access to good quality water and 58 people were trained in good hygiene practices. This project will provide drinking water to about 560 people a day.
The project Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC) is a financing granted to HFHCI to rehabilitate water points, build latrines and train people on the hygiene basic instructions. This project is already running plans to rehabilitate 30 water points, 45 latrines, training 3,000 people to hygiene and distribution of 4,000 hygiene kits.