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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Kyrgyzstan 2018

Submitted by: Kyrgyz Alliance for Water and Sanitation
Rehabilitation of the Water Supply System and providing a solution for water treatment in An Oston

The Kyrgyz Alliance for Water and Sanitation was asked by the women of the village of An Oston in Kyrgyzstan to support them to improve the water hygiene and sanitation situation in their community. As of 2014, the organization rehabilitated the water supply system dating back to the Soviet Union time so as to improve community’s access to clean water.

Initial situation
In the village of An Oston, women and children used que for water at tap stands in the streets of which 12 out of 30 were effectively working. Water was available for at least two hours on average per day, resulting in women and children spending more time queuing for water. In addition, the old and deteriorated water system made it difficult for the population to have access to safe water.

The solution was to rehabilitate the water supply system so as to provide a sustainable access to water for households. Women of An Oston were encouraged to recognize their capacity to take part in the decision-making process. A group of workers were trained by a German engineer on the construction so as to maintain the sanitation standards stipulated.

The fact that the project was initiated and lead locally by women is a major innovation regarding the Kyrgyz culture. This is because it marks the first step for women empowerment in a country where the families are governed a patriarchal system. The project combined the rehabilitation of the water system with a solution for decentralized sanitation as an innovative way of dealing with the direct consequence of the newly created access to water in the house.

Involved partners
Community Water Union (CDWUU)

Capital: Bishkek
Official language: Kyrgyz, Russian
Total area: 199.900 km²
Population: 5.482.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $863
Source: Wikipedia 2012