BASELINE EVALUATION FOR THE STRENGTHENING ECONOMIC PROSPECTS OF UNDERPRIVILEGED POPULATIONS IN KILIFI AND TANA RIVER COUNTIES OF KENYA (STEP UP)

CHASP Advisory, in partnership with Islamic Relief Kenya, conducted a 24-month baseline survey focused on improving the economic prospects of underprivileged populations in Kilifi and Tana River Counties of Kenya under the Strengthening Economic Prospects of Underprivileged Populations (STEP UP) program.

The project aims to enhance education, food security, livelihoods, water, and sanitation in the targeted areas. Specifically, the project seeks to upgrade school infrastructure, provide necessary learning materials and equipment, and enhance sanitation facilities in primary schools to improve access, retention, and transition of students in basic education.

It also aims to reduce unemployment by imparting modern farming and fishing skills to young adults through training, provision of farm tools, and facilitating market linkages, thereby improving income and food security for the targeted communities. Additionally, the project plans to construct earth pans to improve household access to water for farming and livestock use.

Interventions in the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) component of the project are expected to enhance access to clean and safe drinking water in Kilifi and Tana River Counties by improving access to solarized boreholes, dams (earth pans), and enhanced sanitation facilities in primary schools and at the community level. Furthermore, the project will involve training water users’ associations in the efficient management of water resources.

The baseline study aimed to establish benchmarks for each of the project’s outcomes and provide a basis for monitoring and assessing the project’s activity progress and effectiveness during implementation.

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