Our priorities in Water, hygiene and sanitation

Access to clean water and sanitation

We work to ensure children and their communities have access to clean water and sanitary facilities all year around and in emergencies.  This includes conducting programmes based on evidence of success, which we can replicate and engage entire communities and their stakeholders to participate in.

Community led total sanitation

Our WASH programming is community-led, which aligns with our child-centred community development  approach.  We work to ensure children and community members have a voice and choice in the decisions that affect their lives, and that enable them to act as agents of change.  We focus on delivering programmes that have impact and are sustainable by adopting participatory approaches such as participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation (PHAST) and community-led total sanitation (CLTS). These engage communities to develop their own solutions to local problems, and generate community buy-in and locally acceptable solutions


We know that our water and environmental sanitation work has greater impact and is more sustainable in the long-run if it is integrated into the health, education and livelihood sectors.

Working with government and institutions

SCOEN works to ensure that governments, service delivery agencies and donors appropriately prioritise universal access to WASH.  This includes ensuring infrastructure is resilient to, and responds to disasters, in that it can provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and promote hygiene, especially for women and girls.

Current work on WASH

Spring Protection

This water is not safe for human consumption, yet these people cannot afford to protect the spring by themselves. They are willing and ready to work with the organization to help them protect their water point. Users of this spring are ready to garner all materials required from their side for the protection of this source.

Protecting a spring often results in a stronger flow of water from it.  So, protecting Springs will alleviate overcrowding and long lines and ensure that the water is safe, adequate and secure.  Construction will keep surface runoff and other contaminants out of the water.  So, the communities will be healthier, happier and able to spend more of their time and energy in school, at work and taking care of their families.