Introduction of the Women Development Centre (East Africa) Ltd (WODEC),

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Introduction of the Women Development Centre (East Africa) Ltd (WODEC),

Dear TeamGreetings to you from Eldoret, Kenya
I am the EO of the Women Development Centre (East Africa) Ltd (WODEC), a women-led social enterprise company which has firmly positioned itself  to improve access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for everyone, everywhere.
In Kenya, WODEC works with communities in rural and urban areas through partners. We plan to reach millions of people with four essentials – clean water, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), decent toilets, and good hygiene – enabling communities to unlock their potential to break free from the cycle of poverty and to change lives for good.We will not stop. Not until clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are a normal part of everyday life for everyone, everywhere. Our broad program areas include:
1.Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)- WODEC is involved in the development of quality sustainable feminine hygiene available to all. We have the dedication to address Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), in urban areas and slums. Why? Because MHM is as an issue that has been identified by disadvantaged women and girls as a driver of gender inequality and disempowerment in slum areas. We are presently producing re-usable sanitary pads in our factory in Eldoret town, which we supply to neighbouring schools and communities. We are supported by Days for Girls- Locate - Days for Girls International

2. School WASH-Our philosophy is hinged on the fact that educational institutions play a critical role in securing a child’s future by ensuring a safe and clean learning environment. This also includes inculcating hygiene behaviours that children take forward to their families and communities. With an increasing number of children enrolling in schools, the need for educational institutions to provide a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) secure learning environment and hygiene behaviour is essential.

WODEC believes that promoting WASH services and behaviours in schools confers several benefits in terms of increased school enrolment, attendance and retention, greater gender equity (in access to education and menstrual hygiene needs), and improved educational and health outcomes. Additionally, students can serve as powerful agents of change, adopting hygiene behaviours themselves and encouraging their families and communities to do the same. 3. Faecal Sludge Management (FSM)- Under this program, we plan to safely collect, transport and treat faecal sludge from pit latrines, septic tanks or other onsite sanitation facilities. The most critical part of this value chain is proper disposal and treatment facilities for faecal sludge. That is why we are seeking a truck to carry out this important program. We are thus looking for supportive partners 
4. WASH in health and nutrition-The full benefits of good health and nutrition are also dependent on access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Our philosophy is that when clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are not a normal part of daily life, the impacts on health and well-being are devastating. The effects go beyond the illnesses themselves. It is estimated that half of undernutrition is associated with inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), because diarrhoeal diseases and parasites prevent people from absorbing nutrients from food. Undernutrition in the first two years of life causes stunting, which permanently damages children’s long-term physical and mental development.
5. Drinking water security- WODEC aims for long-lasting solutions to make clean water accessible for everyone, everywhere. In Kenya, 30 million people face a daily struggle to access clean water close at home. Indeed a majority of the people living in arid and semi arid regions have no choice but to drink dirty water. They also lack enough for washing, cooking, cleaning and production of food. As a result, they get sick, and their education and livelihoods suffer.
Accordingly, we aim to promote local skills and empower the communities enough to develop, implement and manage water security plans using a combination of different approaches that include; building water security and water quality models at the community level, mobilising communities and strengthen mandated institutions, including health care centres and schools as well as engage with relevant departments and technical support at the local levels in urban and rural communities
One of the reasons for reaching out to all partners in this forum is informed by WODEC's desire to identify partners who can register a supportive national/international structure for the purpose of mobilizing resources to support the implementation of our programs and projects in Kenya
Welcome to partner and work with us
Regards Dorcas Kosgey | Executive Director
Women Development Centre | Kaplimo House | 1st Floor
Oginga Odinga street | Off Uganda Rd
P.O. Box 6107 - 30100 | ELDORET, KENYA
+254722 992107
Email:  womendevelopmentcenter@yahoo.com

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