WASH for sport4dev organisations

Harnessing the power of football to tackle diarrhoea

Diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene are a leading killer of children across East Africa. WASH United has teamed up with local sport for development organisations from the streetfootballworld network to tackle this issue. Through play-based WASH activities, kids learn exemplary WASH behaviour as part of their regular sports training. In 2016/2017, we aim to scale up our impact and expand our toolkit by a menstrual hygiene management component in order to meet the demands identified in the first project phase.

What has happened so far: 2015 East Africa WASH Challenge Cup

In 2015, streetfootballworld and WASH United, with support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, organised the “WASH Challenge Cup” (WCC), a year-long initiative to build the capacity of local football for development organisations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to integrate WASH United’s play-based sanitation and hygiene training into their programmes. The “WASH Challenge Cup” was a big success: our 8 local partner organisations trained more than 24,000 children in life-saving WASH behaviour and continue to carry out trainings on an on-going basis.

Watch the WCC video here.

Scaling up our impact in 2016/2017

Responding to the immense demand from local partners, WASH United and streetfootballworld joined forces with Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) to expand the initiative in 2016/2017. Using the tested combination of capacity building workshops, ongoing support and backstopping, as well as easy-to-use training materials, our goal is to build the capacity of 7 additional organisations to deliver effective WASH interventions to at least 20,000 boys and girls as part of their regular football training to prevent diarrhoea and save lives.

Empowering girls to score in life – menstrual hygiene management

During the WASH Challenge Cup, our local partners have expressed the urgent need to tackle the issue of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in addition to toilet use and washing hands with soap. Many girls drop out of school and stop playing sports once they reach puberty. Building on WASH United’s significant expertise in MHM, we will develop tools that are tailor-made for the needs of local sport for development partners and that will help girls pursue their goals, no matter what time of the month. At least 2,000 girls will be trained on good menstrual hygiene management.