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Bangladesh Informal Settlement WASH Commissioned

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Maji na Ufanisi (MnU) completed another milestone through the commissioning of 2 water and sanitation facilities in Bangladesh informal settlement, Mombasa County. The ceremony was graced by Mombasa County Executive for Environment Water and Natural Resources, Fatma Abdi, who represented the Governor, H.E. Ali Hassan Joho. Also gracing the ceremony was Maji na Ufanisi Executive Director, Prof. Edward Kairu.

The realization of the event which took place on 20th November 2014 was achieved through the culmination of activities that emanated from Maji na Ufanisi’s resolve to improve the quality of life for the communities residing in Bangladesh informal settlement through improved access to sustainable water and sanitation services.

The project, which was funded by CAFOD commenced in 2012 after an assessment conducted by Maji na Ufanisi showed that the area continued to face challenges of water and sanitation access. Indeed these facilities constructed were not the first ones implemented by MnU. The organization had previously constructed a water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) facility which was funded by the Hungarian Maltese in 2011 and therefore decided to scale up by constructing two additional facilities.

Maji na Ufanisi deliberated on working out a water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) intervention programme that would not only increase access to these valuable resources but also build the capacity of the community in regards to the promotion of good governance WASH rights and advocacy particularly among the vulnerable members of the community.

From the onset of the project implementation, MnU embarked on partnering with the County Government of Mombasa not only in seeing the success of the programme but also building collaborative approaches on ways to deal with WASH challenges affecting the county. In addition, further discussions were held on improving service delivery especially to the marginalized communities and combating WASH issues that impact negatively on them.

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