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Ark of Oprhans Community WaSH Training

Our implementing team recently spent the day with the community and staff of Ark of Orphans in Western Kenya.  In a few weeks, this community and orphanage will be receiving their new well.  To prepare them for this and to ensure the impact of the project is as great as possible, WaSH training (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) is carried out.

Here is the unedited report from our partner…

Since they work for orphans and widows they were happy to learn a bout Hygiene and sanitation since most of the orphans have never had parental guide on hygiene and sanitation so it was upon the members to take up the responsibility of teaching them and so they really need this information.
The local Administration was part of the training and she patiently listened and happy that the community members were able to learn  skills on hygiene and sanitation so that they can in turn pass the information to the  other community members. The proposed water point is central at a market place called Ebuyangu market and so the other larger community would benefit too. The watsan committee has a bigger role to play but they assured us that the local administration would  be included in the decision making .

 

Community Training at St. James Inanga

Our implementing team recently spent the day with the community of St. James Inanga church in Western Kenya.  In a few weeks, this community will be receiving their new well.  To prepare them for this and to ensure the impact of the project is as great as possible, WaSH training (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) is carried out.

Here is the unedited report from the team…

The Ack church and community members came in large numbers for the Education and were willing to learn on Hygiene and sanitation. From the discussions and the picture codes most of them related to the pictures and discussed freely  on the unhealthy ways they live . This made the discussions more participatory and open.

The church leadership appreciated the education and willing to have  such sessions to the rest of the congregation and community at large since they felt most of the responsibility was in their hands. The watsan committee had already been formed we helped them to understand their responsibility as a committee. Both members appreciated the drilling of clean water at church compound since it was central for many community members.

 

WATSAN Training at Bishop Sulumeti Girls School

Our partner in the field filed this report about the WATSAN (Water and Sanitation) training held recently at the Bishop Sulumeti Girls School near Kakamega, Kenya.

Unedited report…

Community education has been done today 4TH MAY 2010, at Bishop sulumeti Girls high school. The school response was positive and encouraging.  The lessons were attended by the school principal, lab technician, boarding mistress, Director of studies and students.

During the lessons, the participants were able to discuss about :

  • The sanitation of their school environment.
  • Personal body hygiene.
  • Maintenance of the new water system.
  • The participants were able to realize some of the sanitation and hygienically practices failed to be done in their school like drainage of stagnant water and to do that immediately.
  • The students expressed their need to sensitize and educate their people back in their communities on hygiene and sanitation claiming that more has to be done to avoid issues of open defecation, poor disposal of litter, and lack of dish racks among other poor practices.

On acknowledgment

1.    PRINCIPAL:  She said that the provision of the water system will bring more          benefits to the school more so in the school performance.
2.    DIRECTOR OF STUDIES:  He expressed his joy by saying that students have been dosing /sleeping in class at 8 am in the morning due to searching for water until late nights. Now he was sure that would end as soon as the water system is ready.
3.    LAB TECHNICIAN:  He was happy and said that his students will enjoy science practical lessons unlike before when things were very hard due to lack of water.
4.    BOARDING MISTRESS:  She expressed her joy and said that it will now be easy for  her to provide clean food and on time.
5.    HEAD GIRL:  On behalf of other students, the head girl promised that come next year the school will come up with 7.8 points in k.c.s.e(Kenya certificate of secondary education).

 

Congregation Kol Ami helps build a well.

We love getting notes and pictures from schools and groups raising money for The Water Project. After all,  this is a shared story – from raising funds to building wells to seeing the outcome. Together, your community, ours and the one’s we serve are working together to make a real difference.  So…don’t forget to send your stories too!

3rd Graders at Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas raised $130.88 from Tzdekah at Sunday School.

Tzdekah is a Jewish term.  It is a collection of money that is donated to a good cause.  Our 3rd graders had a choice of about five different places to contribute to at the beginning of the school year.  They voted for The Water Project.

— Maryanne Katz