Through practical training, RedR is also working to build the capacity of local communities and humanitarian organisations to respond to WASH needs in four states which are at the epicentre of the crisis: White Nile, Kassala, and North and South Darfur. National-level workshops have also taken place in the capital, Khartoum.
"We are training local first responders in technical water skills, and basic sanitation and hygiene skills," explains Project Coordinator El Miqdam. "As part of this, we’ll be training ten newly-recruited Sudanese trainers, equipping facilitators with the soft skills they need to effectively run a training session on WASH topics." The ultimate aim is to ensure that local humanitarians can continue building WASH capacity in Sudan beyond the lifespan of the project.
"We are also conducting practical demonstrations on improved sanitation and hygiene practices for community members (with a special focus on women and girls), ensuring that the project reaches as many people as possible," continues El Miqdam. "At the same time, we're working with national NGOs and agencies to help strengthen overall WASH sector coordination in Sudan.
This combination of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills is the only sure-fire way of stopping the spread of water-related diseases," explains El Miqdam.