RACIDA undertakes a number of initiatives to improve access to water and sanitation and hygiene practices in rural communities in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.
First, RACIDA works to improve sanitation and hygiene practices and facilities in schools. They teach students about good hygiene and sanitation practices, and these students in turn educate their parents about these issues. RACIDA also supplies soap and sanitary towels for girls, and establishes separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls complete with a water supply. These initiatives improve access to education and retention of students.
Second, RACIDA works to improve the water supply of rural communities. They undertake drilling, equipping and commissioning of solar-powered boreholes to ensure a constant and reliable water supply to schools and communities. They also promote rain water harvesting technologies as climate change adaptation strategies by constructing water harvesting reservoirs and excavating earth pans and roof/rock catchments. The water tanks have enough capacity to sustain a household for two to three months. They also set up ponds lined with sheets that control seepage which have a guarantee of 20 years and are only one millimeter thick. They also help to establish water kiosks at strategic positions in order to reduce the time people spend fetching water. In order to improve food security and general nutritional status among beneficiary communities, they provide generator sets to riparian communities and help them to construct suspended irrigation lined canals for irrigation.
To ensure the long-term sustainability and functioning of these initiatives, RACIDA has helped to establish and build the capacity of community Water Management Committees.
Rural Agency for Community Development and Assistance (RACIDA)
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Partners: UNICEF, Cordaid, UN Habitat, USAID- OFDA, Norwegian Church Aid and ACT! Alliance.