How we work
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Well upgrading, borehole rehabilitation and drilling and latrine construction
The Water and Sanitation Programme administered by MeDRA is aimed at improving access to safe water and proper sanitation for poor households through upgrading and protection of wells and drilling of boreholes. The project also involves construction of Blair Ventilated Improved Pit (BVIP) latrines. The organisation believes that sanitation interventions have very favorable socio-economic returns to households and society, contributing to improved health, clean environment, dignity and quality of life, among many other beneﬁts. Therefore, there is need for improved sanitation which leads to reduced open defecation.
Participatory Health and Hygiene Education (PHHE)
PHHE is also being implemented in communities, through teaching of best practises on health and hygiene. Practical and theoretical lessons are provided through the health clubs and facilitated by health masters focusing on behavior change, resulting in scaling up of hand washing, use of toilets and hygienic food handling practices. WASH has continued to be one of the most effective projects in changing the behaviour of the communities for improved health and hygiene with the support of Health Clubs in the communities.
Advancing the rights of poor people to adequate and sustainable livelihoods has been the cornerstone of MeDRA’s work for many decades. The biggest challenge that vulnerable groups in communities, rural informal settlements and communal areas face is food insecurity and engaging in meaningful sustainable livelihoods. MeDRA’s sustainable livelihoods programme aims to achieve household food security through improved agricultural production, improved dietary diversity, improved nutritional status and increased income generation for households. MeDRA’s Sustainable Livelihoods programme is reaching vulnerable households that are identified and registered as beneficiaries through the Community Profiling process. Identified beneficiaries benefit from interventions such as small livestock rearing (pigs, goats, chickens and sheep), sewing, beekeeping, carpentry, fish farming and gardening. In addition, the programme participants receive support and training in marketing and market linkages. MeDRA has gained relevant experience in strengthening small holder agriculture through practice of conservation agriculture as well as through promoting small livestock production. Beneficiaries benefit from the produce as a good source of protein as well as income from sells.
MeDRA responded to affected victims of Cyclone Tropical Ana in Chipinge ward 2 and 9 through the provision of Non-Food items such as tents, water, WASH and dignity kits, purification materials etc. The activities were done under the Start Fund project funded by Christian Aid.
Monitoring, Evaluation and learning
In collaboration with our partners, MeDRA monitors both the actions that bring results in our programmes and projects, and the challenges that prevent us from achieving our goals in our projects. Monitoring takes place on an on-going basis when working on projects and programmes and consists of field visits, discussions, meetings, and follow-ups. In this way, we make sure we keep track of our experiences and create learning opportunities both internally and with our partners.