Small Towns WASH Project
CTDO is implementing the DFAT/ UNICEF funded Small Towns WASH project (STWP) in Chivhu and Mutoko towns. The project was designed to promote sustainable participatory health and hygiene education (PHHE).
Expected Project Outcomes
- Improved knowledge of safe hygiene practices amongst the target communities through participatory hygiene.
- Enhanced community participation, improved accountability and responsiveness in the target towns and contribution to enhanced cost recovery and technical capacity.
- Strengthened urban WASH sector coordination, planning, management and monitoring.
- Conditions of alternative water sources, public sanitation facilities and WASH in schools are established.
The project employed the health club approach as a vehicle for sustainable health and hygiene education. There are three types of health clubs in both towns which are school health clubs, community health clubs and market health clubs with an average of between 20 and 30 members per club. A total of 19 health clubs have been established (10 in Chivhu and 9 in Mutoko) with each club being lead by a community facilitator who receives periodic refresher training on participatory Health and Hygiene (PHHE) from the Ministry of Health and Child Care Environmental Health Department. Club members are educating residents on health and hygiene issues in community meetings, Churches, bus termini, funerals and other social gatherings.
A total of 17933 people have been reached with safe hygiene practices education. Knowledge on hygiene has been disseminated through rigorous approaches like road shows, message blasting through the ICT4D platforms, door to door visits and IEC material distribution (fliers, posters, T-shirts, billboards).
Clean up campaigns
The project is also fostering environmental cleanliness as part of its work on sanitation. To date, six major clean up campaigns have been conducted within both towns. The clean up campaigns were officially launched by the resident Minister of Mashonaland East province, showing a huge government support for the project and initiative. This has resulted in communities having a clean environment attitude and community members are now conducting community- led routine clean up exercises within residential locations.
Customer Care Plans
The two local authorities from the project’s two towns- Mutoko RDC and Chikomba RDC have developed customer care plans with support from the project. These plans guide them in delivering services with mutual accountability. The customer plans have improved the relationship between the Councils and rate payers.
Project Steering Committees
The project established Project Steering Committees (PSC) which are coordinating, monitoring and strengthening urban WASH interventions in both towns. Project Steering Committees work with local authorities and ZINWA on issues and opportunities around water and sanitation. These PSC’s and Local authorities underwent a number of capacity building sessions which include sustained hygiene, customer care, cross cutting issues (gender, disability, child protection, disaster risk reduction, environment and HIV). The committee is expected to continue promoting interventions initiated under the project post project life.