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Sep 12, 2019

How kids can be "change-agents" within a family

A young girl in Addis Ababa (not Yakin)
A young girl in Addis Ababa (not Yakin)

Yakin is cute young girl who is learning at one of the government schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a twelve-year grade 7 student. Yakin is famous in the school with her academic achievement. She has been scoring the highest mark in the school for the last preceding seven years.

Yakin is living with her mother, father and three sisters. Her elder sister, who was very cleaver like Yakin, was learning at the same school two years back. She got scholarship at private school and has left now.

Like most of the children att school, Yakin is from a poor family who are not educated, but strongly believe in education. They believe their children will lift the family up when they grow and own a job. Lakin, with a big vision and responsibility of helping her parents, wants to be a doctor.

Yakin is a Child Ambassador in her school. At break times she has so many things to do and loves the responsibility she took as a WaSH Ambassador. Yakin says, ”Our toilet was very disgusting. I don’t like to go there because it usually gets clogged, and have so many bad things written on the wall. But now it looks so fancy I love to go there! As a Child Ambassador, in the morning we share different health and hygiene messages and songs through mini media with my friends. We also guide students to use the facilities properly and put soap on the handwashing stations at break times.Our school is very improved!’’

Yakin also influenced her parents from the hygiene training she took from Splash. First, she showed her parents the ’glitter as germs’ game that displays how germs are transferred toone another through handshaking. Yakin explained that the game influenced her so much and also worked on her parents. Now, her elder sister started taking soap to school because their school has no such practice.

Thank you for making a difference in Yakin’s life!

Jun 28, 2019

Shastriji Harijan Vidya Mandir School

Filling up her water bottle
Filling up her water bottle

School profile for work completed at Shastriji Harijan Vidya Mandir School in Kolkata, India. 

Scope of Work: Water, sanitation, & hygiene

Site Demographic: Co-education

Girls Served Daily: 99

Boys Served Daily: 106

Location Shastriji Harijan Vidya Mandir is located in east Kolkata in the Tangra neighborhood. Over the past few decades, Kolkata’s “Chinatown” has developed in Tangra, making the area diverse in culture. The school campus sits near many banks, the local library, and post-office.

Student and School Description Shastriji Harijan Vidya Mandir share the same school campus. They use the same school building and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.

The school is predominantly attended by first generation learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tangra is largely populated with people who migrated from poverty-ridden and caste-ridden villages, in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. They found work in the tanneries and factories, and also engaged in manual labor.

Pre-Splash Conditions Before Splash’s intervention, the students' knowledge and practice of hygiene was very poor. As a government school, a mid-day meal was served, yet there was no system of enforcing compulsory handwashing beforeeatingorafterusingthetoilet.The school had an old water filter to help decrease the amount of bacteria found in Kolkata’s municipal water lines, however, it badly needed to be replaced.

The toilet conditions were also in need of drastic improvements. The toilets were in bad shape and the stall doors did not provide privacy.The restrooms were described as being dark, dingy, and very unhygienic.

Activities Performed To Date:

Water: 

Splash installed:

  • One AquaSphere 1000 ultra-filtration system
  • One drinking station (two taps) to facilitate access to drinking water
  • Two handwashing stations (four taps) have also been installed to encourage clean hands and proper hygiene
  • Water quality tests have been conducted to ensure clean water stays flowing

Behavior Change:

Hygiene knowledge has significantly increased at theschool as a result of:

  • Student-led Hygiene Club formed with 35 members who help ensure their peers stay excited about hygiene
  • Hygiene trainings with all teachers,staff,and members of the Hygiene Club
  • A soap drive event where 31 bars of soap were collected

Sanitation:

Sanitation facilities were made more child and girl-friendly by:

  • Renovating the shared toilets and ensuring that global standards are met for safety, privacy, cleanliness, ventilation, and accessibility
  • Providing continuous access to water for flushing and installing waste binsfor better menstrual hygiene management
Handwashing with soap
Handwashing with soap
Jun 18, 2019

#MenstrualHealthDay2019

MHD Participants
MHD Participants

Celebrated on May 28th of every year, Menstrual Health Day (MHD) works brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, governments, individuals, private businesses, and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for all women and girls. More specifically, MHD aims to:

  • raise awareness and change negative social norms around MHM, and
  • engage decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyze action for MHM, at global, national, and local levels[1]

This year Splash celebrated MHD on May 29th at Addis Fana Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The school is large with over 2,000 students and the objective of the day’s celebration was to educate students, teachers, and the larger community about menstrual health (MH) and to help break the taboo that typically surrounds the topic. Key guests included Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau staff, television and radio reporters, and other local government employees.

An opening speech by the school principal kicked-off the event with an additional short speech given by Splash’s Director of Ethiopia. His speech highlighted the cautionary story of “Dinknesh”, a young girl who received no education on the subject of menstruation prior to her own wedding. At a very young age she gave birth, only to die from infection. The audiences received the story with full attention. Additional activities included:

  • Music – girls from the Hygiene Club sang a famous song on the subject of “female confidence”
  • Drama – a skitdealing with MH was presented. The key message covered how menstruation is natural process and that parents need to be aware and educate daughters before their menarche, how to use sanitary pad, dispose of it properly, etc
  • Poems – two poems about menstruation were presented by a teacher and a student
  • Music and dancing – programs music and dancing made the event more colorful
  • Visit to new toilet block – key guests visited the brand-new Splash constructed, MH friendly toilet
  • Brochures – more than 600 brochures about MHdistributed to attendees
  • Ribbons – 800 pink ribbons were distributed

 Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!

 

 

[1]https://menstrualhygieneday.org/about/about-mhday/

 
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