When Imvepi Refugee Settlement was (re-)opened in 2017 to host tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees, there was hardly any water and sanitation infrastructure in place to serve them. Refugees first relied on water trucking to access safe drinking water. In addition, improper access to sanitation at household and school level and a lack of hygiene awareness put many people at risk. With the gift of the United States Government, ZOA – in consortium with Malteser International (MI) and International Aid Services (IAS) – is able to respond to these gaps and improve living conditions of thousands of people!
We provide sustainable access to safe drinking water to refugees and host communities through solar water pumping schemes. To guarantee safe storage of water at household level, we provide water storage containers to 4,000 households. We combine these activities with hygiene and sanitation awareness campaigns in the communities, supporting individual households to build their own latrines.
Under this project, we as also pay attention to vulnerable groups, such as people with a disability, elderly, women exposed to (sexual) gender based violence and unaccompanied minors. We for instance build latrines that are geared towards the need of people with a physical disability.