WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

READO confronts a myriad of challenges exacerbated by recurrent droughts, climate shocks, and displacement. As agriculture and livestock rearing struggle against low productivity and environmental hazards, communities face heightened vulnerability. Amidst this backdrop, READO’s WASH program stands as a beacon of hope, addressing immediate needs while tackling root causes. By promoting sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene practices, we empower communities to overcome adversity. Through collaborative efforts and innovative strategies, READO’s WASH interventions pave the way for lasting positive impacts, improving the well-being of communities across Somalia.

Addressing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Needs

In response to the urgent need for improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in underserved communities, READO has embarked on a comprehensive initiative aimed at promoting public health and well-being. WASH interventions are crucial for preventing waterborne diseases, reducing child mortality, and enhancing overall quality of life, particularly in regions facing water scarcity and inadequate sanitation facilities.

Water Supply Enhancement: READO’s WASH program focuses on enhancing access to safe and clean drinking water by implementing water supply projects, such as borehole drilling, well construction, and installation of water purification systems. These efforts aim to ensure reliable and sustainable access to potable water for households and communities, reducing the risk of waterborne illnesses and improving public health outcomes.

Sanitation Infrastructure Development: Recognizing the importance of proper sanitation facilities in preventing the spread of diseases, READO is committed to constructing and upgrading sanitation infrastructure, including latrines, toilets, and handwashing stations. By promoting the adoption of hygienic sanitation practices and facilitating access to improved sanitation facilities, our WASH initiatives contribute to a healthier environment and reduce the incidence of diarrheal diseases and other sanitation-related illnesses.

Hygiene Promotion and Behavior Change: In addition to infrastructure development, READO prioritizes hygiene promotion and behavior change initiatives to instill good hygiene practices within communities. Through educational campaigns, training sessions, and community outreach activities, we raise awareness about the importance of handwashing, safe food handling, and proper sanitation practices. By empowering individuals with the knowledge and skills to maintain hygienic living conditions, we aim to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases and promote overall well-being.

Community Participation and Capacity Building: Central to READO’s approach is community participation and capacity building. We actively engage local stakeholders, including community members, leaders, and organizations, in the planning, implementation, and management of WASH projects. By fostering ownership and empowering communities to take charge of their own WASH infrastructure and practices, we promote sustainability and long-term impact.

Partnerships and Collaboration: READO collaborates with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international partners to leverage resources, expertise, and support for WASH initiatives. Through strategic partnerships, we enhance the reach and effectiveness of our programs, ensuring that the most vulnerable populations have access to essential WASH services.

Projects in WASH

  • Multi-sectoral Emergency Drought Response in Baidoa, Buurhakaba and Hudur Districts Southwest State of Somalia, Somalia
  • Enhance access to livelihood support and empower the displaced affected communities (DACs) in Barwaaqo IDPs Settlements in Baidoa
  • Providing emergency life-saving access to safe, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to drought-affected communities in the rural areas Baidoa District
  • Creating economic and social prospects for IDPs and the local population in Baidoa
  • Emergency integrated education, protection, and life assistance intervention for drought-affected girls and boys in Baidoa District, Somalia
  • Providing emergency life-saving access to safe, clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to Flood-affected communities in the Baidoa district

For more information about our Livelihoods program please talk to us hussein.mohamed@readosom.org