Water is a crucial element of attaining and improving food security.
Like other basic services, safe water is essential for the survival and well-being of humankind and its access is a pre-requisite for the realization of many human rights, including those relating to people’s survival, education and standard of living. Using a partnership approach,
Vita constructs and rehabilitates non-functional water points thereby providing safe drinking water for rural communities in the Horn of Africa. The project helps to reduce drudgery and the incidences of poor health for women and children who are typically the ones responsible for fetching water.
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)
Vita’s work on Community-Led Total Sanitation focuses on community education around issues of health and sanitation and the importance of latrine usage.
Communities work with Vita and CLTS experts to become Open Defecation Free (ODF), providing labour and materials to construct private and communal latrines. Vita’s initial leadership work with CLTS has resulted in it being adopted by neighbouring communities, with no direct Vita inputs.
This is a great endorsement of the success of this initiative. Vita introduced the CLTS concept into Ethiopia and it is now recognised and adopted by communities and development agencies across the country.