1. Community Empowerment through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)
2. Innovations and business modeling for WASH approaches including Pay as You Fetch, 3 reduce, reuse and recycles Social Marketing)
3. Promotion of Gender and Equity in WASH programming
4. Building Community Leadership in Participatory Planning, budgeting, and Decision making for WASH programmes
5. Stakeholder connecter and regional Convener for WASH programmes
6. Skills transfer and capacity enhancement for Local civil society organizations
7. Public-Private Partnership engagements for sustainable WASH Management practices.
HEWASA envisions a healthy, empowered population in a sustainable environment, and therefore exists to improve the well-being of the underserved and vulnerable communities through integrated water resources management and livelihoods. HEWASA’s work is guided by four strategic objectives:
1. Promotion of food and nutrition security through affordable socially inclusive and gender-responsive water sanitation and hygiene interventions.
2 Increased community resilience to climate change for sustained access to water for domestic and production.
3. Increased survival of mothers, new-born babies, and children under five from WASH-related mortality.
4. Build capacity to advocate for improved WASH service delivery and governance at district and lower local government levels.
Pay As You Fetch: WASH as a business Model has been adopted in both Rural and Urban projects that HEWASA has implemented over time.
3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle): In urban and semi Urban areas, HEWASA has adopted the use of market-based models for solid and faecal sludge management demonstrated and provide opportunities to poor and marginalized in terms of business opportunities in a bid to respond to the changing climate impacts and build resilience of the communities. Reduce Reuse and Recycle approach (3R approach) has been used in the service provision to ensure sustainable access and promote climate resilience. Women have formed a great part of this innovation and have benefited through recycling of solid wastes which has not only improved their earning but tremendously reduced labor time on collecting firewood and cooking food. The briquettes are a clean energy source.
Social marketing: On sanitation, HEWASA has modeled Social marketing approach for sanitation promotion and applying modern advancements in behavior change communication to address hygiene behavior. This involves production of various communication materials like flyers in targeted local languages and distributing at public centers like markets, health facilities, schools and churches.
The changing contexts in the region continue to shape how government policies affect the poor and marginalized especially in terms of WASH. HEWASA builds the capacity of the community to engage with the local leadership and to constructively participate in the decision making processes and hold duty bearers to account. In addition, HEWASA supports the duty bearers to be able to fulfill their mandates and demonstrate delivery of pro-poor services that improve the standard of living of the excluded populations. HEWASA has done budget tracking at sub county level through assessing the budget allocations for WASH in the communities. Annual budgets are analyzed and advocacy for proper allocation of funds to facilitate WASH activities is done. This has resulted into some districts re allocating more funds to Water and Sanitation activities reaching out to local communities.