An outcome evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene (SHINE)(WASH) project being implemented by a ZVITAMBO in Shurugwi District.

Author: Masviba, Chibhakera

The outcome evaluation exercise was done on a program called SHINE implemented by ZVITAMBO an organization in Shurugwi District. The evaluation was done because the stakeholders wanted to assess the achievements and changes brought by the project. The evaluation actually focused on determining the extent to which the SHINE WASH project achieved the stated goal of the project. Specifically the evaluation assessed: 1. The improvements in access to and use of safe and sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene services in Shurugwi rural household level, which is responsive to the livelihood needs of the rural Shurugwi people (men, women and children). 2. The extent to which nutrition, sanitation and hygiene practices among targeted rural Shurugwi communities has been improved. 3. The extent to which the skills and practices among the targeted population women, men and children were enhanced by the SHINE WASH project to manage nutrition, water supply, sanitation and hygiene services. The evaluation study was done in 3 out of the 10 projects wards which were randomly selected. The study methods included household surveys, focus group discussions, and interviews with key informant interviewees, field observations and documentary reviews of quantitative and qualitative methodology and presented in graphs, pie charts, tables and narratives. Participatory process was employed where stakeholders were put at the center to come up with project objectives and indicators, program theories and logic models, data collection and analysis. 1. The SHINE WASH project greatly improved access to and use of safe, clean and sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene services, 50 new boreholes were drilled which benefited 20 000 beneficiaries, 200 water points were rehabilitated which benefited 23 000 community members, 1 dam was constructed which served 23000 rural Shurugwians .Beneficiaries embarked on animal husbandry, gardening and brick molding as a result of SHINE project. Documentary review showed that there was great reduction of water borne diseases such as cholera and bilharzias as a result of the SHINE WASH project. 2. The study findings indicate that the SHINE WASH project have improved the sanitation and hygiene practices of the project beneficiaries (men, women and children). For 90% of rural people were effectively sensitized against the dangers of open defecation, 5000 households receiving sanitation facilities,3000 households started using pit latrines,100 sanitation groups were formed, hand washing was much improved, diarrhoea cases reduced from 24 000 in 2011 to 5 000 cases in 2015 as a result of SHINE WASH project impact. 3. The SHINE WASH project positively enhanced the capacity, improved skills and knowledge of beneficiaries were enhanced with skills and could now repair and maintain their water points even after the SHINE project withdraw its support. Recommendations made includes:- 1. The project should be replicated to the whole province of Midlands province as it was noted that the project has brought positive changes of improving health in Shurugwi rural community. 2. The SHINE project should address gender disparities such as cultural issues that negatively affect women participation in more rewarding work such as latrine building and water point supply maintenance. 3. The project should create more health awareness and train more community leaders for hygiene and hygiene promotion