Sanitation and Hygiene
Access to safe water supplies throughout Kenya is 59% and access to improved sanitation is 32%. There is still an unmet need in rural and urban areas for both water and sanitation. 60% of the population in Kenya rely on water vendors, water kiosks or unprotected natural sources where water quality varies and there is a high risk of contamination through faulty and often illegal connections. This is made worse by unhygienic storage and handling in the household. With an average monthly income of US$ 70 per household, it is estimated that a family of five spends up to 10% of their monthly outgoings on water.
With this in mind, HWF is striving to develop healthy rural and urban marginalized societies in the water, health and sanitation sectors, so as to give them proper empowerment to match other societies. We implement projects targeted at increasing access to safe and clean water, improved hygiene behaviors and living conditions for poor and vulnerable. HWF transforms lives in Kenya through community partnerships and stakeholders such as schools that understand the school’s specific water and sanitation issues.
Our aim under this sector is to increase access to water and sanitation facilities in schools and surrounding communities through creating and enhancing Toilets availability from 1/ 50 for both boys and girls to 1/30 for boys and 1/25 for girls in schools, advocating for practice of hygiene among households and the environment, water treatment, and accessibility to safe water points.