Using the Nyumba Kumi Approach for Sustainable Community Led Total Sanitation

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Using the Nyumba Kumi Approach for Sustainable Community Led Total Sanitation

In post independent Tanzania during the President Nyerere regime alongside interventions like Ujaama was the Nyumba Kumi (10 households) Approach which was used for community policing. It upheld the principles of each community member being a keeper of the other.
Today CLTS continues facing backslides long after places are declared open defecation free. The Nyumba Kumi approach has a mechanism by which after CLTS interventions have been made they are sustained. This is done by zoning out 10 to 20 households and clustering them to monitor each other's hygiene and offer support where necessary to ensure hygiene is maintained.
During the WASH and Learn East Africa Program implemented by Simavi Netherlands and Aqua for all with 6 partner organisations from 2016 to March 2019. The approach was experimented with by EMESCO, HEWASA and JESE, and it yielded results with zoned neighborhoods monitoring their own hygiene, advocating for hygiene and connecting with the local government in this regard. The clustered communities also created hygiene promoting activities that had economic benefits for themselves such as making and marketing soap and briquettes.
In a community partnership become a core factor in sustaining initiatives therefore Nyumba Kumi proves to be Effective.

Linda Lilian
Team Leader and Founder of Cause Effect Initiative Limited ( CEIL)
CIEL is located in Mpigi District

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