ESTAMOS commits to mobilize 100% access to water and sanitation in 50 villages, with hygiene and HIV and AIDS education through music and theater. It sees the opportunity to expand its staff to scale up projects, and to use connections with NGOs and media to gain support. Clean water, ready access to sanitation, improved agricultural productivity (using treated human waste as a fertilizer) and good HIV training (with condom distribution) will together improve the lives of approximately 50,000 people.
Mobilization on ecological sanitation will occur in two phases:
1. Informational sessions on ecological sanitation in each village;
2. Visit of community leaders to other communities where ecological sanitation has been successful.
This will be backed up by musical education and community sensitization with themes of sanitation. Though ESTAMOS emphasizes ecological sanitation, they also teach about and offer improved pit latrines. ESTAMOS values the individual choice of each household, recognizing that with ownership at the household level, none of ESTAMOS's interventions will be of any good.
ESTAMOS will work with the National Governmental Department of Public Works and allow them to visit their projects in order to learn from what ESTAMOS is doing. If they are able to secure the funds, ESTAMOS will finance these trips (and the trips of other NGOs and associations working on clean water and sanitation). From their experiences and best practices, the government and other NGOs will be able to replicate this work to other communities.
1. Identification of target communities, initial strategic planning sessions with local community leaders (January-March 2009; January-March 2010; January-March 2011)
2. Mobilization of community to contribute local inputs for borehole construction (April-June 2009; April-June 2010; April-June 2011)
3. Borehole digging (May-December 2009; May-December 2010; May-December 2011)
4. Massukos concerts (April-June 2009; April-June 2010; April-June 2011)
5. Sanitation education, with exchange visits for community leaders (July-September 2009; July-September 2010; July-September 2011)
6. HIV and AIDS education; condom distribution (Ongoing)
7. Latrine construction (October-December 2009; October-December 2010; October-December 2011)
8. Data collection and reporting (to communities and national and regional policy-makers) (Ongoing)
MEASURES OF SUCCESS
Within the direct project area, the following impact is anticipated: An estimated 10,000 households with 50,000 people will benefit from these water and sanitation efforts. Of these, approximately 28,000 people are under the age of 18, and approximately 25,000 are women or girls.
People in the rural areas where ESTAMOS work suffer from two problems: 1. water is far away from home and 2. water is not clean. Water through community boreholes is both clean and accessible. Currently, rivers, streams, and puddles serve as the source of water; even that which will be used for cooking and drinking. Unfortunately, these rivers are often contaminated from the fishing, washing, and bathing that occurs in them, and also from the fecal matter that runs into them during the rains. As very few families have latrines, people relieve themselves in fields or valleys, and these feces (often diseased) contaminate the natural water sources. In this way, when a woman collects drinking water for her family, she may actually be collecting a contaminated stew of shigella, campylobacter, or giardia.