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Energy Globe World Award 2016

Finalist in the category Water

Submitted by: Sudanese Woman's General Union
Country: Sudan

Water, sanitation and hygiene services

Civil war, which had racked Sudan since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1956, continues. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005 ended the north-south conflict, but the situation is fragile and must be reinforced to avoid a relapse. Separate conflicts have occurred elsewhere throughout all of Sudan and in the Darfur region in particular. The Darfur conflict is still unresolved, leaving 2.7 million persons displaced. Sudan has the largest number of internally displaced persons in the world. They are living in overcrowded accommodations with their host families causing rapid deterioration of the hygiene conditions of host dwellings. These camps are lacking basic facilities such as water and latrines. Schools in rural areas either have non-functioning water source facilities or none at all. The lack of separate latrines for girls is a major factor in their disproportionately high absence and dropout rates. As a result of needs assessment showed critical gaps in the provision of water and sanitation, these services were addressed. Sudanese Woman’s General Union has implemented a project to provide sustainable integrated water, sanitation and hygiene services that meet the needs of vulnerable men, women and children in North Darfur and South Kordofan States. The overall goal is to provide sustainable and integrated WASH services for IDPs, returnees and vulnerable people, and to break the contamination cycle of unsanitary latrines, contaminated water and unsafe hygiene practices, with environmentally positive impacts. The project is also intended to ensure access and sustainable use of safe water facilities through rehabilitation of existing non-functioning water points, new water points and storages construction. Furthermore, local capacity is increased at a local level in the target locations with monitoring of the water level and to ensure sustainability and scaling-up of WASH services, targeting the most vulnerable people in the target locations. More than 168,000 people have directly benefited from these activities. 5000 toilets and washing facilities have been installed and 2000 school children were provided with access to basic hygienic facilities. The target population has also received critical WASH-related information to prevent child illness.

Water - Finalists

  • Project: Water, sanitation and hygiene services
    Applicant: Sudanese Woman's General Union
    Country: Sudan

  • Project: Sustainable development at community level
    Country: Mexico

  • Project: Restoring coral reefs to survive climate change
    Applicant: Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC)
    Country: Malaysia

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