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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

  • KWAHO purposes to enhance the health and economic well- being of low-income and underserved communities by facilitating equitable and sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and appropriate hygiene practices.
OUR APPROACH:
  • Direct Action (actual construction and development of WASH facilities):
    This includes actual construction of water and sanitation (WATSAN) and hygiene promotion facilities in both schools and community. Hygiene promotion focuses on hand-washing and point of use treatment. In mobilization of the community for direct action, the organization engages participatory approaches such as: Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Education (PHASE), Children's Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST), Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), School led total Sanitation (SLTS) and Urban Led Total Sanitation (ULTS), all geared towards improving community participation and ownership of the facilities developed.
  • Capacity building of local communities:
    This targets community skills transfer for operation, management and maintenance of water and sanitation (WATSAN) facilities and also overarching addresses governance.
  • Advocacy for improved Water Governance through Human Rights Based Approach:
    KWAHO champions the Right to Water by supporting Duty bearers and Right holders to recognize their responsibility and obligation in realization of the Right to water that focuses on; Safety, accessibility, Sufficiency and affordability of water.
    In support of this the Organization is renowned for applying Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) that has supported the development of local level tools that have provided opportunities for Right holders to engage with duty bearers to promote equity and inclusion in access to WASH services and water resources at the local level.
  • Policy Influencing:
    KWAHO has been active in making meaningful contributions informing policy direction of the WATSAN sector in Kenya. At the national level, KWAHO is an active member of the Sector Wide Approach Programm (SWAP) and Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC) on Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene, under which she is the National Convener of the Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Technical Working Group (HWTSS-TWG).
    Networking and collaboration: KWAHO believes in networking with other likeminded organizations towards realization of common purpose of increasing access to WASH.