Project Name: Max Value for WASH in Blue Gold Polders in Patuakhali Sadar

Project Area: Maderbunia, Chotobighai and Barobighai Unions in Patuakhali Sadar Upazila in Patuakhali District

Project Duration: September 2013 to October 2016 (3 Years)

Donor/Partner: Max Foundation, the Netherlands

Total Project Budget: BDT 3,08,00,000

Working Sector: Environmental Sanitation, WASH, Safe Motherhood

Target People: Poor Children, Women & Men

Objectives of Project:

The goal of the project is to reduce child mortality where safe water, sanitation, safe mother hood, sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) and prevention of stunted growth are used as effective strategy to do so. Objectives of this projects are-
a) To develop a community structure for ensuring community managed action towards sustainable WASH practices and value based community resources mobilization;
b) To achieve 100% sanitation coverage and improved safe water access in project areas;
c) To improve communities’ health status by providing safe water, improved hygienic latrine and hygiene education promotion;
d) To access safe water for community in the targeted area by repairing and installing DTWs;
e) To improve access of safe water and sanitation in school by activation of school brigades and involving teachers, SMC and PTAs;
f) To build community capacity on gender development, SRHR knowledge in the community regarding child birth, early marriage, family planning, pregnancy care and adolescents’ health;
g) To ensure primary health care for pregnant women and new born child’s;
h) To aware community about under five children health care and promoting improved health & nutrition practices to prevent stunted growth in children;
i) To promote gender perspective towards MaxWASH.

Major Activities:

128 DTW installation and renovations, 4218 improved Latrine, 7200 improved latrine by local private investment, 81 Women bathing chamber installation, 27 TBA training selected from per wards, 81 Volunteers 81 CSGs, 27 Ward WatSan committee activation, 3 Union WatSan committee activation, 303 courtyard groups formation, Training and Advocacy, SRHE promotion, Capacity building of staff and community leaders, child growth measurement and researching (SFV) and school sanitation improvement intervention.

Major Challenges:

The major challenges have been mentioned in below:
 Ensuring 100% attendance of the CSG members as they involved in different occupations;
 Decision making through consensus ware challenge as every individual has the different thinking pattern and concept on development activities;
 Minimizing political influence and ensuring resources allocation among extremely poor households;
 School hours were a big challenge to involve students in this type of works;
 Negative mindset of the parents and teacher on involving a student in extracurricular activities;
 Engaging school teacher beyond their routine works;
 Ensuring to continue the 4 rounds of checkup in pregnancy period;
 Collection of determined amount of cost-sharing from poor and extremely poor households;
 Ensuring supply of demanded latrines was also a challenge due to prolonged rainy season;
 Sustaining the signboards due to easy reach of the children;
 Installation of the DTW among the poor households through involving social elites and community leaders in CSG;
 Motivating people to wash hand in five critical times was a challenge in our socio- economic context.

Uniqueness of Project:

It is one of a unique project of SPACE because in totally 2058 HH have installed innovated homemade hand washing devices. These household are practicing hand washing behavior after defecation and other critical times frequently. In this reporting period, girl’s students are also have been benefitted by getting menstrual waste disposal facilities in their separate school latrines. 110 women have birth at hospital out of 256 deliveries.

Innovations:

 Low cost Hand washing device made by mud
 Sanitation Marketing Channelization
 Low cost attached toilet installation in the poorest house owners
 Establishment of Toilet cum Bathing Chamber

Recommendations & Conclusions:

Despite several problems, constraints, obstacles and challenges, SPACE has strived with its best to address the project implementation needs through organizing its committed and dedicated staffs, motivated stakeholders, both primary and secondary, and existing opportunities. It has also efficiently utilized its strengths and potentials in mobilizing the local resources, especially the UP structure, private sector operators, community leaders, educational institutes, local WatSan committees, potentials and comparative advantages of children groups in the process of result-based implementation. SPACE project team has also gathered unique learning and experiences from the communities and relevant stakeholders in sustainable implementation of the project components in the remote coastal zones among the poor communities. The project team also is confident enough to make the project a success through replicating the demonstrated and identified best practices and case-studies, utilizing the identified potential opportunities and strengths, SPACE always tried in minimizing and overcoming the challenges and difficulties.

Deep Tube Well (DTW) Installation
Deep Tube Well (DTW) Installation
Awareness Raising on Safe Motherhood and Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights
Low Cost Innovative Hand Washing Device
Medical Checkup for Pregnant Women