Where we work
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
The SWIFT programme in DRC is implemented in North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema. Tearfund is delivering services in all three provinces, while Oxfam is working through partners in North Kivu, including Centre de Promotion Socio Sanitaire (CEPROSSAN), Hyfro, and Programme de Promotion de Soins Santé Primaires (PPSSP).
Activities include the rehabilitation or construction of protected springs, spring-fed gravity water systems and hand-dug wells; training of Water Users and Water Management Committees in rural and semi-urban contexts; and facilitation of the Villages et Ecoles Assainis ('Healthy Villages and Schools') approach.
Tearfund is directly implementing the bulk of its activities, but is receiving support from Africa Ahead for piloting Community Health Clubs (CHCs): community-based organisations dedicated to preventing diseases through safe hygiene.
The SWIFT programme in Kenya is implemented in Marsabit, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir.
Activities range from borehole drilling and the construction of shallow wells and solar pumping systems, to strengthening water utility companies, building the capacity of village-level WASH committees, installing 'Fresh Life' toilets, and conducting mass media campaigns for hygiene behavioural change.
The SWIFT programme in Kenya is implemented by partners including Arid Lands Development Focus (ALDEF), BBC Media Action, Concern Worldwide, Practical Action, Sanergy, WASDA and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), and in collaboration with the Government of Kenya and a number of water service providers.
The SWIFT programme initially included activities in Liberia as well as DRC and Kenya, but the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa led to these activities being terminated in December 2014.