Hygiene Education Sponsors 2016-17
Harrison Wise and Friends
Harrison Wise and friends of Boise, ID, sponsored a hygiene education program. The program took place in the village of Ror-Atiny, in Apuk East, Gogrial State. The village chief is Longar Garang Akot.
Thank you, Harrison!
Mendham Township Middle School
Mendham Township Middle School students and friends of Mendham, NJ, sponsored a hygiene education program. The program took place in the village of Tit-Marol, in Marial Baai, Wau State. The village chief is Makuei Ngor Dhel.
Thank you, Mendham!
Hygiene Education Helps Expand the Impact of Clean Water
As of May, 2017, Water for South Sudan has drilled 304 borehole wells, bringing clean, safe water to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan. Since 2014 the WFSS Hygiene Team has brought hygiene education training to 153 villages, training over 1,000 villagers.
In the 2016-17 season, we sent hygiene teams to travel with both our drilling team and our new well rehabilitation team. The WFSS hygiene education teams provide basic hygiene education in the areas in which we drill. The teams train those who can then train others in their villages, which helps expand the impact of clean water.
In addition to sponsoring wells, supporters can now also sponsor hygiene education in a village. Learn more here!
Goals for Hygiene Education
The goal of the WFSS Hygiene Education program is to improve health by offering hygiene training on safe practices including personal hygiene, food handling, and menstrual hygiene, and provide hygiene supplies in villages of South Sudan. The WFSS program aims to empower the local community by enabling them to analyze and act in development projects to help improve their quality of lives.
The WFSS Hygiene Education program uses a participatory model that engages all community members because programs are more likely to be successful if they are determined by the community, rather than imposed by others. This method is especially useful for encouraging the participation of women, and helps to build self-esteem and a sense of responsibility for one’s decisions. The method also makes the process of decision making easier with full participation of other community members. Participants can learn from each other and develop respect while sharing knowledge and skills.
Key Activities for WFSS Hygiene Teams:
1. Travel with drilling and well rehab teams, and conduct three days of hygiene education to four males and four females in each village where a well is being drilled or rehabilitated.
2. Create a baseline survey for Hygiene educators, to understand hygiene practices in need of improvement.
3. Provide “train the trainer” trainings for eight participants to cascade learning to all members of the village.
4. Provide supplies in each village where training occurs.