strengthen hand washing to 800 children in Rwanda

 
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Due to the delay of funds transfer, the ventilated Improved pits for the villagers who doesn't have the capacity to build the hygienic latrines during the last summer 2014. The latrines are constructed for poor families which don't have the capacity and possibilities to build the latrines themselves. 

The project aim to improve the hygiene and sanitation conditions for the vulnerable village members especially widows, orphans and other poor families which lack the capacity to build the latrines themselves. The latrines are constructed in partnership with BVDA from UK. the BVDA raise funds for construction of 4 VIP latrines every year and the Rwanda Village Concept Project coordinate the construction activities including selecting the vulnerable families that need the latrines most than others, educating the families about how to improve their hygiene and sanitation conditions in their families and the village in General. 

Starting November 2014, the latriens has been started to be constructed for the selected families which was selected in collaboration with the local leaders and other village members. We expect to improve the knowledge and skills of the beneficiaries and the sanitation conditions improvment of the benefited families and the village members in general. 

More vulnerable families which can't afford to build the latriens are still available and we look forward to receive your support to continue working for public health improvement. According to our data, a latrine that we construct for the villagers can last up to more than 10 years while the normal ones use to last less than 1 year. 

It is now two months, RVCP volunteers have been volunteering in the hygiene, water and sanitation education sessions. The teaching sessions were being delivered at primary schools and villages that we work with. The teaching sessions focus on the role of hand washing tp prevent low hygiene related disease which might be contracted while eating or touching specific places on our body. 

The education sessions provided also the capacity of the participants to be able to spread the knowledge and skills gained among their colleagues in the village. The water boiling was also one of the main topics because the water for drinking is not clean, so it is very neccessary for everyone to boil water before drinking. 

The team welcome everyone who wish to join for improving his/her skills in hygiene, water and sanitation and in the community health improvement of the underprivileged communities. 

Kids after a teaching session
Kids after a teaching session

We are in the second week of the second trimester for primary school pupils. As planned our volunteers are conducting weekly teaching sessions on hygiene, water and sanitation good practices. The school that we have worked in 2013 has received a partner to build latrines with good hygienic standards by the help of RVCP advocacy. RVCP volunteers in its hygiene program are educating kids from 1st year to 6th year on how to use the latrines in a good way in order to make latrines last longer and prevent diseases which may come from unsafe practices of hand washing. The school administration is always reminded to provide water for hand washing for kids every time they use the latrines. Currently the organization is working on fundraising for water tank construction at school which will benefit both the school and the villagers around Nyanza primary school. We look forward to work with you to make this goal achievable. Do not hesitate to contact us on rwandavcp@gmail.com or rvcp_coordinator@yahoo.com for further information.

A volunteer with kids after a teaching session
A volunteer with kids after a teaching session

The new academic year for primary and secondary school students has been started in 3 weeks ago. The project will move its education sessions a new primary school which need the hygiene and sanitation education more than others.The education sessions will be aiming at raising awareness on hygiene and sanitation practices at home, school and on our body to promote good health. primary school pupils from the school of target will gain understanding on hand washing as a requirement and necessary practice at all 3 critical moments. Due to low access to water at primary schools in rural Rwanda, children are exposed to diarrhea and other low hygiene practices problems; this enable them to miss classes and suffering of having low production at school.

we are currently evaluating the last year activities in order to gather new information on the teaching methodologies and strategies which may be useful for primary school kids. Starting this february , the teaching sessions are going to be done once a week until January 2015. songs, pictures, poems and lectures are the main methods which are to be used.

During the survey
During the survey

A six-strong field team (four IPs, two RVCP counterparts) conducted research, in the form of questionnaires, to ascertain the level of hygiene and sanitation practiced in Mpungwe village (Huye District) and Mbazi Primary School in order to evaluate the organisation’s hygiene program as it stands today.

Research was carried out in Mpungwe village throughout July and August 2013, and a visit was paid to Mbazi primary school, which is currently receiving teaching sessions on appropriate personal and domestic hygiene and sanitation practices. The research into hygiene and sanitation of Mpungwe village and Mbazi Primary School was conducted with the principal objective of monitoring and evaluating RVCP’s project.

The responses from fifty nine individual households and 34 students yielded interesting, though complex, results. The findings showed that the majority (over 57%) of Mpungwe residents possessed moderate-to-very good levels of hygiene – as defined by the International participants (surveyors).

Findings in Mbazi primary school are on the whole extremely positive. It was revealed that 94.12% of respondents bathe or shower every day, and all respondents use soap when showering. Over 90% of respondents clean their teeth at least once a day and all but one student use a toothbrush and toothpaste. Respondents were asked to state ways of protecting the area surrounding a water source from contamination, in an attempt to clarify the question and avoid the difficulties we encountered with this question in Mpungwe. This clarification proved to be successful, as 97.06% of respondents suggested a correct way of protecting a water source. Answers included ‘keeping livestock away,’ ‘removing rubbish and bushes,’ ‘stopping children playing or individuals urinating in the source’ and ‘washing clothes away from the source’ amongst others.

With our results taken into consideration we can also conclude that RVCP’s teaching sessions have gone a long way toward improving the hygiene habits of Mpungwe’s residents and students at Mbazi primary school. Our research shows that more people practice satisfactory hygiene compared to those that do not, while also showing that many of those who display poor hygiene skills are constrained by financial considerations rather than failings in RVCP’s efforts to educate.

We would like to express our thanks to your support and we will appreciate your feedback about how you saw the report. Do not also hesitate to contact us for the full project report.

Thanks!

pupils waiting for being interviewed
pupils waiting for being interviewed

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