|Our work in Burundi|
Protecting natural springs
Over the next three years Cord is planning to provide clean drinking water for 25,000 families through 400 springs in Bujumbura Rural province. We are working with committees to protect natural springs to provide safe drinking water. Diarrhoea, often caused by poor hygiene, due to a lack of clean water, is the single biggest killer of children under five in Africa. In the worst affected areas of Burundi one in four children die from diarrhoea.
Establishing local Water Committees
Training local people to maintain the springs gives communities ownership of their vital resources. Members keep the springs clean and collect money for necessary maintenance work.
Hygeine awareness training
Cord staff carry out a two day training course for water committee members in collaboration with the water authority. The training focusses on ten key hygiene messages that everyone should know in order to stay healthy.
Hygiene tools and promotion can have a huge impact in preventing water borne diseases. This year the World Bank stated that hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention. (Saving lives, WaterAid, 2012)
The ‘train the trainer’ approach of this work impacts entire communities as committee members share their knowledge. Local participation means that people have ownership of their resources and learn from friends and neighbours in a more meaningful and sustainable way.
Providing the materials that are needed to build pit latrines means that people do not have to defecate in the open. This has a range of benefits from health and hygeine, privacy and safety. These are being made available to the most vulnerable including elderly, disabled, children and people living with HIV and AIDS.