In Conversation with Chair of the SWASH club, Fabian

25th April 2018

“Living in the community of Muungano is challenging and it is important to be adaptable.  This is a farming community and education is not a priority.  Part of my job is to encourage the children to attend school and encourage the parents to let their children attend school”.  Many children in Muungano work in the fields, herd animals and deliver water.

Fabian sitting on the steps volunteers created in partnership with community members. The steps enable community members to reach the water collecting tank in the dry season.

Fabian has been appointed chair of the SWASH club by the headmaster as it was felt a science teacher was the best person for the job.  “As the SWASH club teacher, I teach all the students about the SWASH issues that the Raleigh volunteers have introduced.  There is good cooperation between the volunteers and myself and we discuss and plan the lessons together.  The Raleigh volunteers have been building tippy taps with the partners in the community and have been educating the students on the spread of diseases and the importance of keeping themselves safe.”

Children in the village of Muungano collecting water from the collection pools.

Fabian hopes that the “whole community will see the importance of health and put education as a priority since they are both of equal importance”.

‘20% of schools have water supply facilities within the school premises.’
– GoT SWASH Guidelines

Interview conducted by Scholastica Mbilinyi and Joanna Elding.

Words by Logistics Officer, Joanna Elding. Images also by Joanna.

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