Water & Sanitation Programme

Without enough safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene, it is difficult to maintain good health and fight or prevent illnesses. Without proper sanitation, water supplies can become contaminated and diseases can attack and spread rapidly. Emporio Legacies Foundation weighs in emphatically on WASH services to protect the public health of learners in Schools and community members, and to help protect their right to safe water and sanitation.

The lack of access to WASH facilities in rural Schools and communities is an open window to disease, poor health and ultimately death, underperformance and underdevelopment in schools and communities. By providing appropriate water and sanitation infrastructure, and educating people on good hygiene practices, we help families, communities and institutions attain safe and dignified living conditions.

The core purpose of this program is to ensure under privileged rural and peri urban communities have easy access to healthy water and sanitation with a healthy waste management system for healthy living. Our intervention seeks to save lives, prevent diseases, promote dignity, and support access to better living conditions and livelihood. We do this through direct interventions, in collaboration with our other programmes, and through partnerships with other organisations. The mode of operation we choose depends primarily on the WASH needs of our targeted beneficiaries, and the most effective way to meet those identified needs.

We recognise that the need for water and sanitation goes beyond public health concerns. The absence of functioning, safe and sex-segregated latrines or toilets can discourage children and youth, especially girls, from attending school. We actively support the right to education by ensuring safe WASH facilities at schools are accessible to all students and teachers. Our WASH teams collaborate with teachers and administrators on delivering up-to-date hygiene promotion curricula.

Using this programme, we base our interventions on the service points below.

  • supplying safe water for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene and household cleaning
  • providing and maintaining latrines or toilets segregated by gender, or family units that are safe for women, girls, men and boys to use at all times
  • active disease surveillance and increased vigilance on water quality and sanitation practices during disease outbreaks
  • solid waste management and site drainage activities, to reduce water stagnation and garbage where disease-carrying mosquitos or vermin can breed
  • hygiene promotion and community mobilisation to promote safe hygiene and health-seeking behaviours, and to empower communities to take an active role in WASH operations
  • Providing WASH-related support during disasters.
  • Development of safe water systems and water safety plans.

It is unfortunate that preventable water-related diseases still claim tens of thousands of lives, especially among children. Together with you, we can manage to eradicate this problem with permanence.