Case studies

Water and sanitation in Liberia – Talking about toilets (PDF 128 KB)
Water and sanitation in Liberia (presentation) (PDF 120 KB)

This case study looks at the situation in Liberia, where the government’s increased prioritisation of this issue vastly increased access to sanitation. In addition, Tearfund partner AEL worked to educate communities about hand washing. Ma Yassah Kollie got involved in these activities, and tells how the health of her children has been improved as a result of good hygiene practices.  

An Integrated Mission Approach to RWH – Sudan (PDF 141 KB)

In South Sudan, the church is playing a key role in helping communities access water supplies through messaging and demonstrating techniques for rain water harvesting (RWH). 

Simple but effective rainwater harvesting (PDF 436 KB)

Rain water harvesting, even in its simplest form, can become a self-help water source available to all, and is applicable to the relief context. In more complex forms, rain water harvesting can be a significant water source for large communities and camps.

Child Clubs Mini Stories – Haiti (PDF 857 KB)

Here is a brief account of the impact of the 104 children’s clubs that Tearfund currently runs in the Léogâne area of Haiti, with an average attendance of 5,060 children, twice weekly. The clubs offer psychosocial support through various recreational activities, as well as useful information on Disaster Risk Reduction, hurricanes and earthquakes, and hygiene promotion. 

Building local community structures to manage water supplies (PDF 553 KB)

In a post-conflict environment where government capacity is limited, strengthening traditional community water management structures has proved to be very successful in achieving sustainability in managing water supplies. This case study is a good example of transformation of a local-level informal water committee into an official local NGO recognised by the government as a mandated partner in providing water services.

Radio Stations Waive Costs – Afghanistan (PDF 95 KB)

Radio broadcasts, supported by Tearfund, reach many Afghans, with messages on issues related to water use at household level and the importance of water conservation. Radio stations waived the costs when they became aware of the impact and importance of the messaging.

Togo Gender Hygiene Promotion In Schools Case Study UN 2006 (PDF 48 KB)

How an Africa based network assisted a group of villages and their schools in providing appropriate gender-sensitive facilities, along with a new, popular and effective management structure.

Borehole Drilling (PDF 112 KB)

The impact achieved and lessons learned from drilling boreholes through a contractor in South Sudan.

Examples of demand-led water and sanitation programming

Here are some examples of demand-led programming, which Tearfund holds as good practice. Demand-led programming places an emphasis on behavioural change and on awareness of the benefits of good water and sanitation access. A demand for water and sanitation hardware and services is generated, and  the population are willing to invest in them. This is in contrast to less sustainable, supply-driven approaches that subsidise or donate water and sanitation hardware and facilities.

Two case studies of Tearfund’s success and challenges experienced through adopting Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS): 

CLTS in the village (Sierra Leone) (PDF 42 KB)

'Igniting the Fire' – The impact of Tearfund-hosted CLTS training in DRC

A water supply example of demand-led programming

Biosand Filters (PDF 61 KB)

1) This case study summarises a monitoring and evaluation visit to the Ethiopian Full Gospel Believers’ Church (EFGBC) in May 2009, and assesses the success of the EFGBC in promoting the biosand filter.

Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Implementation Case Study: Biosand Filters (PDF 95 KB)

2) The success of Tearfund’s biosand filter programme in Afghanistan has been largely due to its strong demand-led, livelihoods approach. It is sustainable thanks to its economic viability and sound incorporation of social marketing methods.