FIELD is conducting IWINS (Initiatives for Watsan Improvement through Networking Support) program activities in Pasuruan City and Pasuruan District, city and district administrative units. An urban satellite to Surabaya. There is plenty of excess capacity in the two concerned PDAMs to support expanded water services in the region. Generating necessary demand that will accelerate improved water and sanitation is a key problem. There is little awareness in general of the importance of adequate basic sanitation, especially in relation to public health.
One reason for selecting the location is the central role of pesantren in local communities. FIELD-IWINS will blend the experience of “Field School” practices and pesantren dakwah activities in an innovative package involving community level Islamic women’s groups to mobilize demand and implement Watsan Field Schools. In addition through a series of informal and formal meetings among pesantren, communities, local government and the private sector a multi-stakeholder Watsan forum will be created to assure program sustainability.
The goal of the project is to increase the urban poor’s access to safe water supply and improved sanitation facilities through construction of communal Watsan systems and community-based Watsan education in the Pasuruan area, so that community members enjoy an improved quality of life. Objectives include:
- To increase the understanding of community members in Pasuruan so that they can explain the inter-connections between having access to clean water and enjoying an improved quality of life;
- To construct community safe water supply and improved sanitation systems in the targeted areas, that includes community participation;
- To build the capacity of the communities to be able to organize themselves to maintain and manage economically sustainable community safe water supply and improved sanitation systems;
- To build the capacity of the communities to be able to lobby and leverage government and private sector support for community safe water supply and improved sanitation systems.
- To create programmatic support from local government and the private sector for community Watsan development via a multi-stakeholder forum.
The main expected results of the project include:
- 900 people in 3 Pesantren gain access to improved sanitation through construction of new systems in their pesantren.
- 6,000 people in 12 communities in Pasuruan city and district gain access to community constructed and operated safe water supplies (6) and sanitation systems (6).
- At least 3 safe water supply systems and /or improved sanitation systems constructed with the support from CSR and/or local government.
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