Covid-19 Emergency Response; Land, Sanitation and Kindergarten Programmes
Covid-19 Emergency Response
DWN is rolling out low cost hands-free sanitation stations known as tippy taps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To date 60 green-shirted volunteers have now installed more than 10,000 tippy taps in different towns, reaching more than 25,000 families or 75,000 residents.
Lüderitz: With support the Debmarine-Namdeb Foundation and in collaboration with the Town Council, the programme started on 2 May and a total of 1,500 tippy taps are being installed.
Otjozondjupa region: With support from B2Gold and in collaboration with relevant local authorities, 6,500 tippy taps were deployed to Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Kalkfeld.
Kunene, Omusati and Oshana regions: A total of 1,500 tippy tap kits are being delivered to Opuwo, Fransfontein, Okahao and Oshakati. These activities are supported by generous individual sponsors, Deloitte, Future Energy, and Housing! for Future. The operation is supervised by DWN’s northern office based in Okahao.
Zambezi, Kavango East and West, Erongo: With support from UNDP, a total of 40,000 tippy taps will be installed over the next 5 months, with DWN offices currently being established in Katima Mulilo, Rundu and Swakopmund.
Generous general support to the programme is provided by GIZ, FirstRand Foundation and B2Gold.
Progress of tippy tap installation can be monitored on our web GIS application: https://arcg.is/1nG1r80 (sponsored by WWF Namibia)
Low-cost land for housing
With the easing of lock down measures, our sustainable urban development programme has picked-up speed again.
1. Oshakati: Servicing of water connections to 90 erven that were completed in 2019, and the last clients are now paying off their erven. In June, 40 erven have been allocated and construction of houses has started.
2. Okahao: Servicing of water connection to 400 erven is being completed. 76 erven have been allocated, roads opened and first houses are being built.
3. Karibib: The servicing of the first 28 of 306 erven is planned for May. DWN has also signed an MoU with Town Council to assist with upgrading an adjacent informal settlement.
4. Opuwo: The topographical survey has been completed and a first draft layout submitted. The MoU with Town Council plans for 2000 erven to be serviced over the coming 2-3 years.
5. Keetmanshoop: With the MoU signed in February, this project with 700 erven is now initiating with planning, preliminary engineering designs and land servicing cost calculation.
6. Oniipa: After meetings held in February, the Town Council confirmed their desire to collaborate with the programme.
7. Oranjemund: Upon request from Town Council, a draft MoU has been submitted in May.
Appropriate low-cost sanitation
A methodology called Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) has been used for our urban sanitation programme starting in in Windhoek in August 2019, with support from UNICEF, UNDP, the FirstRand Foundation and Debmarine-Namdeb Foundation. CLTS uses community engagement to raise awareness about the importance of improved hygiene and the dangers of open defecation. Residents are encouraged to build their own latrines according to standards provided by the City of Windhoek.
Community meetings are typically an important component of CLTS, but are not practical under COVID-19. The methodology has therefore been adapted to fit these emergency conditions. Activities in Windhoek have now restarted, with a high demand from local residents who want to build their own toilet facilities. With support from B2Gold, CLTS has also commenced in Otjozondjupa, and suitably adapted to local regulations and priorities.
Early Childhood Development focusing on Kindergartens
Shortly after the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, DWN developed a Kindergarten outreach project using the Early Childhood Development framework with technical support from UNDP and the European Commission, and financial support from the Botnar Foundation and Interteam.
This project delivers teaching materials to kindergarten teachers who, in turn, provide these to parents of the children registered at the kindergarten on a weekly basis. Those complying with the tasks receive a food parcel each week.
The project was piloted at Kid Care Kollege Kindergarten in April, and is now already engaging 20 Kindergartens in Samora Machel and Moses Garoeb constituencies. Feedback from parents has been very positive; many parents expressed excitement for keeping their children involved educationally. Due to logistical reasons, food parcels have been exchanged for food vouchers.