What We Do
Wash & Health programmes are one of the key pillars of WWANC’s overreaching principle of wellbeing of grassroots communities. As an organization, we are committed to improving the health and wash gaps of Kenyan grassroots women, their children, youths and communities. To achieve our main goal on Health and Wash thematic area, WWANC work is geared towards the empowerment of women, children and young people to access affordable quality and comprehensive health/Wash services and to challenge the structural causes of vulnerability to diseases. WWANC thrives to build capacity of grass root women, their leaders and community to address broad health & Wash issues. Our goal on health and Wash programmes is to promote provision of improved health services with a special focus on community health, WASH and Social protection of women, children and youths. Some of our milestones on Wash and health programmes are:
- Promote sustainable water supply systems in the schools and hospitals at grass root levels through developing water harvesting tanks.
- Scale up hygiene and sanitation efforts for improved community health.
- We have equipped grassroots women with the skills and tools to bring sustainable water solutions to tackle the health and violence risks, and lost income and educational opportunities associated with the lack of safe water and sanitation in their own communities.
- With support of GWWI, WWANC conducts multi-year training programs to transform women from passive recipients of failed water projects to WASH providers. Women gain the expertise to become TECHNICIANS, TRAINERS and SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS.
Moving forward, WWANC is focusing on ensuring increased availability and access to safe water healthy options for the underserved including socially excluded population groups in rural, peri-urban and urban areas, as well as delivering viable sanitation services and hygiene promotion. The program is built on best practices, application of appropriate technologies and innovative market driven approaches and put them to scale to facilitate the achievement of the program goal within the community.
Education is universally recognized as a fundamental human right. It has intrinsic social, economic and cultural value for all children and young people and the societies they are part of. For grass root women and their household, education provides psychological and social benefits way beyond the curriculum they might be exposed to. Education equips the younger generation for the roles and contributions they are destined to make and offers hope to the whole community for the future. WWANC intends to expand and improve its work in education in grass root communities through ensuring there are adequate water, sanitation and basic amenities.
WWANC key focus and priority is Girl education. We work with communities to raise awareness of the importance and value of girls’ education and to challenge cultural practices that restrict girls from attending and staying engaged with school. Schools supported by the WWANC aim for equality in access and results for boys and girls. We play a strong advocacy role to address the serious gaps in access to education and collaborate with other national and international NGOs with a commitment to this important area.
With women at the grassroots levels, WWANC advocate for access to basic alternative education, and work with community leaders and responsible government agencies to establish job activation training for women in high need.
The goal of this thematic area ensures that the grassroots communities and vulnerable persons in the community gain knowledge and means to achieve sufficient and sustainable livelihoods. The right to an adequate standard of living is a cornerstone of our program efforts. Women are both motivated and capable to create livelihoods, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Our role is to assist that process to create the conditions and opportunities that enable grassroots women to manage their lives through knowledge sharing, providing tools and resources and building capacity of community networks and structures. WWANC empowers and supports grassroots women to utilize their capacities and natural resourcefulness in ways that are relevant to their circumstances and context. Livelihoods are both a discreet sector and an intervention area supported by other sectors (education, climate change, wash & health and Women & Governance). Primary dimensions of this work are food security, income generating initiatives, micro-financing and credit schemes, agriculture and livestock care and restocking for ASAL regions. In our sustainable livelihoods programmes we purpose to:
- Give high importance to supporting the formation of women’s groups that initiate and manage small enterprises and micro-financing schemes.
- Develop a culture of saving and investing so that the grassroots women may have self-reliance and create savings that have benefits for the women, their families and the whole community.
- Provide Vocational training and skills development for youth as a key priority. This includes providing access to computers and digital technology that supports learning and equips young people for life.
WWANC Livelihood security, environmental management and climate change adaptation go hand in hand, especially for vulnerable grassroots women in the communities living in remote, poor and or arid lands where natural resources are threatened and diminishing. We work with communities in their efforts to improve environmental management and at the same time assist them to consider and develop alternative livelihood strategies. A priority focus for our work with communities on sustainable livelihoods is disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness and recovery.
The goal of women leadership and development as a thematic area is to ensure that grassroots women are
actively involved in community leadership and management / community governance, and possess the information and skills needed to take charge of their lives and participate in decisions affecting them. Through our Women Centered Community Development (WCCD) model, WWANC works with women grassroots leaders in different counties, promoting the right to dignity which is very much premised on women having a sense of control in their lives and participating in the decisions that shape community life.
In the rural situation this can easily be undermined through approaches that disempower women and leave them passive recipients of aid. WWANC has a major role in developing the capacity of grassroots women through building their capacity for leadership and self-management; WWANC has developed a WCCD model of women self-advocacy approach that has two primary elements: building women capacities for leadership and management of life in the communities and facilitating an ongoing exchange of information among women, communities and institutions involved in the issues affecting them. A relationship of trust and mutual respect between community leaders and women themselves is central to this approach. The main dimensions of this work are:
- Establishing and supporting elected women leadership structures
- Training and building capacity of community leaders and groups with focus on women groups
- Providing community centers where community leaders and committees can meet and community members can access information
- Ensuring equal representation and participation of all sections of a community, and balanced representation of men and women
- Facilitating dialogue and mediating between groups when needed (especially between women and men and between women and organizations with authority over administration and programs)
- Meeting with community leaders and groups to understand their plans and solutions to issues and mobilizing support and resources to assist their efforts with more emphasis on women related concerns.
WANC WCCD model aims to work closely with government agencies and focus on building their capacities in areas they identify as needed. Our successes in building community governance and self-help structures will assist governments fulfill their roles and achieve closer cooperation with between community leaders and government in regards to gender related issues.