New WFSS Team Expands Impact with Hygiene Education

Villagers work together to identify hygiene problems and solutions.WFSS launched a Hygiene Education pilot project in January of 2014.  The project was highly successful and will be continued and expanded for the next drilling season.

Salva Dut launched the project in January with a new hygiene team made up of one man and one woman. The team traveled with the drilling crew to work with villagers to identify hygiene problems and solutions.

The team was able to visit 23 villages and 24 schools, reaching 150 students and 53 people from vulnerable groups such as those unable to read. The training helped communities to improve hygiene behaviors, prevent diarrheal disease and encourage community management of water and facilities.

The hygiene pilot project used a participatory model with the understanding that programs are more likely to be successful if they are determined by the community, rather than imposed by an agency. The method encourages participation of individuals in a group process, regardless of age, sex, educational background or social status. They are especially useful for encouraging the participation of women.  Participatory methods are designed to build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility for one’s decisions. Participants also learn from each other and develop respect as they share knowledge and skills.

WFSS is pleased to be able to expand the impact of its work with this project. Knowledge of safe hygiene practices will help villagers to stay healthy and benefit even more from the availability of clean water.