Beni Biosand Training - Democratic Republic of Congo

Beni Biosand Training - Democratic Republic of Congo

This project in the Democratic Republic of Congo is made possible through the partnership of Water Charity and the National Peace Corps Association, working with Friendly Water for the World.

Democratic Republic of Congo, Filter making in BeniLocation
North Kivu town of Beni, R D Congo Province

Community Description
Communities of the territory of Beni, in the province of North Kivu have been victims of repetitive violent attacks to the civilian populations from October 2014 to today. In addition, cases of sexual violence, kidnapping; murder and other cases of abuse have been identified in this part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

These attacks have had a severe humanitarian impact, characterized by movements of populations in the different areas of the territory of Beni, which include the ZS of Mutanga, the ZS of Eringeti, the ZS of Oicha, the Kalunguta ZS, and the city of Beni. These movements are more concentrated to the South for their safety, i.e. Beni and Kalunguta.

An official state of alert is in effect for this area around the water situation.  Lack of access to clean drinking water keeps getting worse, increasing the state of alert.  Cases of waterborne diseases, which have already been identified in some corners of urban health centers of Beni, motivate the design and execution of this project to decrease the levels of public stress and contribute to eradicating waterborne disease.  Waterborne illnesses have long been identified as a prime form of vulnerability for these already vulnerable communities.

The health zone of Beni has an estimated population of at least 500,000 inhabitants, but without a proper water filtration system they can estimate an increase in waterborne diseases in the area. Waterborne diseases are the 2nd leading cause of death in the region, after malaria (which has stagnant water pools as its vector of spreading).
Making Bio-sand filters.
Problem Addressed
The goal of this project is to train 20 people in the construction of biosand water filters: 'Strengthening capacities of 10 members of the association of nurses and 10 community leaders in the fight against water-related diseases by training in construction and use of the biosand filters in the city of Beni.'

Through this project, the NGO CONTAD CONMIGO/DRC, in concert with Water Charity & Friendly Water For The World, aims to contribute to a 30% reduction in the rate of cases of waterborne diseases identified in the area of health around Beni through its targeted medical facilities. The approach is to train 10 community nurses association members and 10 leaders who will in turn go on to train community members to spread the knowledge to different social levels of the areas affected by the health alert.  The success of this project will most certainly create a ripple effect, as the people trained train others and the knowledge of this life-saving technique spreads, benefiting other areas of health in the Province of North Kivu.

Project Description
The training will focus on two phases: The first will focus on the theoretical aspects, and the second on the practice. All 20 participants will be provided with teaching materials for the manufacturing and installation of biosand filters. We hope to will ensure the mastery and capacity of 10 people trained for to increase better outcomes in their community health centers and 10 other members of the association for the manufacturing and installation of filters. Materials will be at their disposal and materials will be transported to create the activities of four days. The theoretical part will take 1 day and the practice 3 days. The last will be devoted to the assessment of the work of the trainees.

Community Organization
NGO Contad Conmigo/DRC

Project Impact
This project will train 20 community members directly: 10 Member Association of nurses and 10 community leaders. The plan is to continue spreading this knowledge through the different levels of the community.  Increased use of filters will positively impact the health of the entire community.Bio-sand filter construction

  Indirect beneficiaries:

  •        The communities in the area of urban Beni identified within the areas of health centers involved in this project.
  •        The families who will find at their disposal quality drinking water and knowledge acquired in manufacturing, use, maintenance of the biosand filters.
  •        Internal displaced communities / IDPS living in foster in the identified areas of health.
  •        The community Relay Agents / ARC of medical facilities will benefit from the training by 20 trained staff-led activities

Friendly Water for the World Volunteer Directing Project
David Albert

Monitoring and Maintenance 
To assess the reliability of the success of the project, trained staff will be evaluated on their level of adaptation and learning during the training.

After training, these staff will be tracked monthly where they make biosand filters in their medical associations and where they will benefit from technical assistance of CONTAD CONMIGO officers, who will then provide a follow-up report and guidance.

In the end, a community monitoring system will be also be executed by members of the community.  Those trained and experienced will ensure this monitoring by a permanent guidance and assistance offered to the community. They will share their reports with Contad Conmigo, Water Charity and Friendly Water for the World. This system will allow a permanent reconciliation between the recipients in the field and will ensure a permanent exchange of experiences between communities.  An interactive communication with international staff will be available for follow-up to the members of the association formed within the communities.

These monitoring activities will be carried out on a monthly basis. They will focus on the control of manufacturing techniques, use and maintenance of the filters. The influence on consumer culture of clean water for consumption is the major objective, along with the fight against water-related diseases.  The consumption of clean water through the production and use of biosand filters will be assessed for its beneficial effects on the overall health of the community, with the children being most impacted generally.

To sustain the activities, committees have been created in the region focusing on the health areas targeted.  These Biosables (SFBC) committees are meeting in Beni town and other circles of the region. These committees will be involved in community outreach on topics covering the use of filters biosables, their manufacturing and maintenance issues.

Beni Conference & TrainingComments
1) Twenty direct beneficiaries whose 10 members of the association of nurses and 10 community leaders are trained in manufacturing, use and maintenance of the filters.

2) Ten facilities in the area of urban health of Beni have their capacities strengthened in manufacturing, use and maintenance of the filters

3) One "area of health" is strengthened, the capacity of techniques to prevent and fight against water-related diseases by the manufacturing system, use and maintenance of the filters.

4) The city of Beni, a center of travel to the East of the DR Congo, and a destination for displaced persons and refugees, will have a strengthened capacity to combat waterborne diseases.

This project has been funded by an anonymous donor.

Beni Filters

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