Magoye work towards Clean Water & Sanitation

28th October 2015

During the household surveys we carried out over the last couple weeks in Magoye, we started to learn about the people living in this community.

Nearly all families we have spoken to have had a family member suffer from diarrhoea in the last six months, a few homes have even lost their children due to diarrhoea.

At first glance Magoye is a blissful, developed village with nearly all members of the community in employment, and nearly the entire community owning their own toilet and some homes even have electricity.

After a short time in the village the underlying issues have become apparent and we are here to encourage and empower the community to make sustainable change for themselves and help demonstrate the importance of good hygiene and the treatment of water to help prevent disease.

Raleigh volunteers in the village of Magoye
Raleigh volunteers in the village of Magoye

Let’s start from the very beginning – week one – which included teaching the 6 steps of hand washing to raise water and sanitation awareness as well as trying to integrate in to the community.

“Hello I’m Robin and I would like to share with you some of the progress we have made in the community of Magoye during our first week. Instantly walking around the village I felt welcome, it was a fantastic feeling to get the ‘ball rolling’. We had hosted and attended numerous meetings with the community to arrange events and meet the households and some of the key members of the community in an attempt to introduce the team and our goals and intentions. These have proven themselves to be of huge importance as it opened doors for the team to obtaining and collecting some baseline information which has helped us identify areas where we would like to concentrate our focus.”

During the second week we were excited to meet the head of the Primary School. We initially all introduced ourselves to the principle and got to explain why we wished to promote the importance of water sanitation and hygiene in their school. We have since delivered several activities with each year group in the Primary School based around the importance of good hand washing techniques to help prevent disease.

The biggest highlight of working with the school children so far has been teaching all 240 children about the global goals, youth empowerment and general hygiene through a song and dance!

The third week began by building tippy taps at each of the homestays. This has been a great way to raise awareness of a simple way to enable our host families to wash their hands in their home, teaching the families how to build and maintain them.

We have found that the crucial thing is to explain ‘why’ it is that we wash our hands; ensuring communities have knowledge on germs allows us to promote the best steps for disease prevention. The great thing about tippy taps is that they are built from recycled materials which are easily sourced and they are easy to make on a large scale for the entire community. The team held a village meeting to talk about tippy taps which went really well, with 150 people attending and asking lots of questions about how they could make their own and what the benefits were.

Volunteers on their way to tippy tap demonstration
Volunteers on their way to tippy tap demonstration

The previous week the team hosted a football match with the local youth group to get to know them and afterwards the team provided refreshments, after demonstrating the six steps of handwashing. The football match was a great way to get to know people without a language barrier.

We already feel like a part of the community in the 3 weeks we have been here.  We are getting to know people and integrating which is helping us work towards achieving global goal number 6, ‘Clean Water and Sanitation’ and Open Defecation Free status in Magoye!

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