World Vision Ethiopia’s work on Growth through Nutrition focuses on IR4 (Improved access to WASH products and service), with particular responsibility for activities related to improving access to safe water. The project will improve access in 30 woredas, 15 of which will be reached in the current project year.
This update includes the progress report of World Vision’s (WV) work in supporting safe water supply at the community level.
Feasibility study and design of water supply infrastructures: a total of 90 Feasibility Studies have been completed by the project team; 18 of them have received approval from USAID and the remaining are under revision by SCI and WV teams.
Construction of water points: After preparatory and design work in year 1, the project has mobilized four drilling machines and started construction work in 8 woredas. As of March 2018, the team has completed 18 water points to serve a total of 5,432 beneficiaries.
Government of Ethiopia (GoE) staff capacity building assessment and follow-up activities: to complement the construction work, World Vision has completed a WASH skills gap assessment of Woreda WASH experts and WASHCOs (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees) in the 30 WASH intervention woredas. Subsequently, four WASH training manuals were adapted from the existing GoE and partner WASH manuals with the findings of the skill gap assessment results. The adapted manual topics include the operation and maintenance of WASH facilities, quality construction and monitoring of water schemes, sub-contract admiration and procurement of water scheme construction, and water quality testing and monitoring.
Following the completion of the adapted WASH training manuals, an 8-day WASH capacity building training for woredas and zonal WASH experts was held in Bahir Dar, Adama, and Hawass cities in collaboration with TGA Education and Development consulting firm. The main objectives of the training were to address the skill gaps identified from the WASH experts using the four adapted training manuals. A total of 136 male and 18 female trainees participated from 29 WASH intervention woredas. Participants included members from Zonal and Woreda Water and Health Offices. Moreover, training is being delivered at WASHCOs level to support sustainable management of each water points.
Further updates to come in Year III.
By Tamiru Getaw and Yared Lemma