Action at Home – Charlie 4

13th April 2014

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Action at home is an important part of the Raleigh ICS journey.  It's about taking what you have learnt on your project and using it to make a difference in your local community back home.

This week Husna and Ambreen have been discussing their ideas for their action at home.

Husna - “My plan for action at home is to open a club in my secondary school to promote volunteering with Raleigh and to pass on some of my health and sanitation knowledge.  I think I would have many volunteers that I would be able to tell about where I have been and what I have learnt from my Raleigh programme.  Also, I would like to use my action at home as a tool to tell them what I learnt in Igusule about water and sanitation.

I would like to do awareness raising about rocket stoves at my secondary school and a demonstration of tippy taps at another local school.

I have chosen this idea because I would like to encourage Tanzanian youth to be volunteers and also to think about their health and small things they can do to make a change.

My work in Igusule has inspired me because I have learnt a lot of things since being here which have made me passionate about encouraging other people to be volunteers too, enabling them to learn many things just like me. 

The issue that I would like to raise in my action at home is how to work as a team, demonstration of tippy taps and demonstration of rocket stoves.  My work with Raleigh ICS has helped me to develop many skills. My English is now improved.  It has also impacted me on my cultural environment, living with the village people and learning lots of new things.  Also I have learnt how to use a rocket stove and tippy taps and learnt new skills of construction so I have improved many skills.  I now have much knowledge about hygiene and sanitation.  I have also learnt some new presentation skills through the awareness raising we have done in both the schools and the market and would like to use my new skills when undertaking my action at home.”

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Ambreen - “My plan for my action at home is similar to Husnas, in that I would like to go back to my old secondary school to do an assembly about the work that I have been doing in Igusule.  I plan to discuss my experiences from the very beginning to the end of the project talking about the continuous work Charlie 4 has done and the achievements we have made during our time here.

I have decided to talk at my old secondary school as when I was fundraising I did an assembly at the school to tell the students about the work that I was going to be doing with Raleigh ICS.  My action at home will be a way of finishing the story and telling the students about what I actually did on my ICS journey and the impact my fellow team and I have had in our community.

My initial reason for contacting the school and going back remain the same.  I believe talking about my experience is important in inspiring and creating a generation of change amongst my peers.

This has been reinforced through our work in Igusule as much of the work we have done has been with children and youth.  For me the most important message that I would like to pass across to students in the UK is the importance of water and sanitation and how we in the UK take these resources for granted.  My key focus will be the relevance of clean water and good sanitation in other parts of the world using Igusule as my example.

I would also like to encourage volunteering, the importance of community and the need to engage in global issues.

These issues have been extremely important to me during my time in Igusule.  I have been very appreciative of our access in the UK to clean water on tap.  Seeing people make multiple trips throughout the day to collect water, as well as experiencing it myself, I realise how difficult life can be, especially living in a remote village and having access to limited resources and amenities.  It has been very important to pass on our knowledge of health and hygiene to the local community especially as water borne diseases are the second most common illnesses in Igusule.   However, seeing how resilient, welcoming and resourceful the people of Igusule are has been really inspiring, especially seeing members of the community building their own tippy taps and rocket stoves as a result of our awareness raising campaigns.  These are the messages that I would like to pass on to others in the UK through my action at home.”

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