Climate Resilient WASH




Sanitation Facilities (Building and Sustaining Bathrooms)

E4Change recognizes the importance of providing access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and resources to support improved practices. Our technical approach includes the construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of water supply systems and sanitation facilities with handwashing stations within marginalized communities.

Sanitation facilities, including latrines, bathing areas, and menstrual hygiene management spaces, are designed and constructed using participatory approaches that take into account the cultural preferences and needs of the community.

Another barrier to quality education that E4Change is addressing is the lack of access to washrooms in schools. Having a washroom gives girls relief, which in turn brings down the dropout rate of girls from school (UNICEF, 2018). School-based bathrooms enable all students to engage fully in their education without the worries of toileting needs. Cognizant of this, E4Change has constructed four washrooms and made them available to students. This includes sustaining hygiene programs for daily operation and maintenance of the washrooms by the community including fetching water. One of the four washrooms was constructed and opened in early 2023.

Tigist Jemal Mohamed (E4Change Program Manager) lead the education and distribution team, including E4Change’s two outreach workers, Hilal Mohamed Hussein and Roda Abdirashid, with Farhiya Mahad Ashtu (Hope Librarian) translating.
Hilal Mohamed Hussein (E4Change Outreach Worker), Tigist Jemal Mohamed (E4Change Program Manager), Farhiya Mahad Ashtu (E4Change Hope Librarian), and Roda Abdirashid (E4Change Outreach Worker)

Menstrual Dignity

E4Change recognizes that women and girls face unique challenges related to menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in humanitarian settings, including limited access to menstrual hygiene products, sanitation facilities, and menstrual health education. To address these challenges, our technical approach includes a partnership with Days for Girls.

March 5, 2024. 300 menstrual hygiene kits provided through Days for Girls International (Ancaster, Ontario, Canada) were distributed with education sessions on reproductive health in six villages.

E4Change’s two outreach workers, Hilal Mohamed Hussein and Roda Abdirashid,
with Farhiya Mahad Ashtu (Hope Librarian) translating.

Outreach Workers

E4Change employs a comprehensive Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy utilizing a mix of culturally appropriate messaging, community mobilization, and participatory learning approaches.

Through targeted SBCC campaigns, we aim to raise awareness about the importance of safe water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene practices, emphasizing the link between hygiene and health outcomes. Key messages are tailored to resonate with the cultural beliefs and practices of displaced communities, ensuring maximum relevance and acceptance.

Furthermore, our approach incorporates interactive and participatory methods such as storytelling and play to engage community members, particularly women and youth, in the learning process and encourage active participation in behaviour change efforts.