12th March 2015
Living in Solowu has opened the team’s eyes to the issues surrounding development. The issues and challenges are plentiful, however in this working environment we have been able to see how our work contributes to achieving aspects of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the importance of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Our project focuses on promoting safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices in schools and communities. To ensure environment sustainability, and in keeping with MDG 7C, our project aims include bringing basic sanitation and clean drinking water to those who need it most.
Our campaign focus is on education in villages. We are using existing skills and resources in the community to ensure the project is long lasting and sustainable and have begun the process of speaking to influential groups in the community such as the school WASH team, the Vicoba group and the water and environment committee. These groups will help bring about change by introducing new themes and attitudes regarding sanitation and health. Recently, one of our community volunteers said, “I now understand the importance of educating the village on health and sanitation. I believe I can be a role model in creating a healthy village.”
In each session, we discuss the harmful effects of drinking unsafe water and poor sanitation in general. Our work aims to educate parents and households on how to treat water, make it safe and also then use it for improved sanitation and hygiene practices. For example the team has been showing their own home stay mamas the three bowl washing system and how to use tippy taps.