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Swaziland 2 Mbabane Dry Sanitation and Waste Management Project (2014-2016)

The goal of the project is to improve sanitation and waste management in the three project communities (Mnyamatsini, Mangwaneni ja Malagwane), and to disseminate best practices of Msunduza to other areas of Swaziland. The project will continue the cooperation established during the Msunduza Dry Sanitation Project and the Environmental Health Education Project (EHEP), and combine and utilise the best practices from the two projects.

During the project, the cooperation network between the University of Swaziland (UNISWA), Green Living Movement (GLM) Swaziland, the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) and the City Council of Mbabane (CC), will organise trainings in Mnyamatsini, Mangwaneni and Malagwane in sanitation, waste management (reduce, reuse and recycle) and grey water reuse. The education will target especially the youth of the communities, which will gain skills for income generating activities (e.g. in dry toilet construction, gardening and waste collection). A network between the youth groups will be established for peer support that enables the benefits to spread to the entire community.

Authorities of the field as well as representatives of different medias are one co-operation partner. In co-operation with these partners the target is to disseminate improved sanitation and waste management schemes further and to promote open discussion of the development challenges. Through UNISWA, the dissemination is further enhanced by inclusion of future professionals in environmental health, integration of project themes and results in their curricula and by provide research on critical project themes, such as health risks of human originated fertilisers and test-fields with comparative analysis.

Women’s and girls’ participation in trainings, youth groups and decision-making is emphasized. Inequality will be decreased through inclusion of the disadvantaged, through increases in income and by access to sanitation.  Affects of the climate change can already be seen in Swaziland as consecutive droughts, which is mitigated by constructing waterless sanitation facilities with rainwater harvesting systems and grey water reuse.