This emergency WASH response project is intended to address the desperate WASH needs that people living defectively in the two woredas are facing. The project is inline with both the strategic and sector specific (WASH) objective of EHF funding. EHF 2020 first Round Allocation will be used for direct implementation of WASH activities as per Regional and national WASH Cluster priorities as prioritization on ETF 8th of April 2020 to address lifesaving needs including access to adequate and clean potable water, meaningful access to sanitation and creating awareness to adapt good hygiene practices and integrate covid-19 preparedness.
This project will intervene and address the immediate needs women, girls, elderly and vulnerable target groups. The identified gaps include shortage of water due to the high non-functional water schemes, poor sanitation coverage, low hygienic practices./absence of WASH NFIs for IDPs and the host community, inadequate technical capacity of the government staff to manage water schemes, prevalence of GBV cases in IDP sites and absence of dignity kits for adolescent girls in the IDP camps. The project is designed to address those gaps through rehabilitation and construction of water schemes, construction of communal emergency latrines, provision of WASH NFIs, provision of technical and logistic support to WASHCOs and local government staff. All the two targeted woredas are hot spot priority sites as per the information from WASH cluster prioritization matrix. The project in general aimed to contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality related to WASH related diseases through implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene projects in the target woredas. To address the most affected group of communities particularly women, girls and children in the IDPs by mainstreaming gender in all WASH activities.
Providing IDPs and host communities with essential WASH services, encompasses the priority activities set by the WASH cluster, which includes the expansion of access to safe water through on spot construction of new water sources, rehabilitation of nonfunctional water sources, the operation and maintenance of water supply network and distribution areas as well construction of sanitation facilities.
Aligning with the strategies of the global COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, and the national COVID-19 preparedness and response plan to rapidly detect, diagnose and prevent the further spread of the virus, OWDA will implement activities aligning with the preparedness measures in the project site and in collaboration with its key stakeholders. Through scale up hygiene promotion activities that will actively promote hand washing at critical times and delivering covid-19 messages, sanitation, promote safe water chain and support safe solid waste disposal. This will be done through production of IEC material with hygiene and covid-19 messages written in local language. Likewise, the project will consider gender and protection mainstreaming approaches.