Hygiene education improves health and expands the impact of clean water.
Clean water from a well can become contaminated with poor hygiene habits. The hygiene education program teaches villagers safe practices in personal hygiene and food handling. Key practices include washing hands, safe water storage through cleaning of jerrycans, and the upkeep of cooking and eating utensils. Every village where WFSS drills a new well or rehabs an older well now receives hygiene education training.
WFSS uses a “train the trainer” model, working with four men and four women in each village over a period of three to four days. In each village, WFSS hygiene educators help trainers identify hygiene practices most in need of improvement and together develop a plan to address those needs. Those individuals then are able to share their new knowledge with other community members and spread the impact of hygiene education.