May 8, 2013

progress in sanitation is critical to health

The  hygiene education at primary schools have now moved to Mbazi primary school during the new year 2013 as a new target.the education sessions will be targeting a school of 665 students from 1st to 6th year of primary school.the sessions have been started where they closed the first trimester with having introductiotory part on the sessions that they will receive.

now two weeks pass after their holidays of 3 weeks and the sessions have continued in classes where active participation is the first method which is used during the education sessions ,tomorrow 8th april 2013 ,it will be the 3rd session after the holidays of april.

we conduct hygiene and sanitation because "progress in sanitation and improved hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development,it is necessary  to practice hygiene"

hygiene, water and sanitation project has developed due to people in Rwandan villages suffering unnecessarily from cholera, dysentery, diarrhoea and other water born diseases. These diseases spread because of unhygienic practises i.e. unclean drinking water and the use of unsanitary toilet facilities.

RVCP has been running this project since 2005 and has provided two Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) Latrines for four vulnerable families each year. To date, 26 of the 125 households in the target village of Mpungwe have access to a VIP latrine and the local primary school has also benefitted from an ECOSAN latrine. Additionally, RVCP also Raise awareness about hygiene and sanitation through school education sessions,and conduct house to house teaching sessions compliment the provision of latrines.


I attached the RWANDA VILLAGE CONCEPT PROJECT NEWS LETTER about how was its activities up to April 2013. 

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Feb 5, 2013

We wash our hands to prevent diseases

children during evaluation session
children during evaluation session

It was amazing to work with children and staff at Matyazo primary school for the whole 2012 hygiene and sanitation education sessions. Children and their teachers appreciated the work and commitment of hygiene, water and sanitation members during their sessions.”Children learned washing hands and its importance for maintaining their body health “headmistress added.

Children in different years of study were requesting us to continue updating them on different skills and knowledge related to hygiene and sanitation to prevent diseases, they want also we may be back for this 2013 academic year and we promised them to do all our best to be around for all the updates and information. This is all promised during evaluation sessions during the month of January 2013 while students were starting their new 2013 academic year which they will end in October 2013.

Hygiene, water and sanitation members learned more about what to improve while we will be targeting the new primary school. Children were happy to see us again while they were starting the academic year and they were following with much curiosity. Hygiene education sessions for 2013 year will be starting this Wednesday 6th February 2013 ,as the evaluation sessions were ended with January 2013.

Nov 5, 2012

amazi ni isoko y'ubuzima

teaching session with volunteers
teaching session with volunteers



AMAZI NI ISOKO Y’UBUZIMA



Amazi ni isoko y’ubuzima is a Kinyarwanda sentence “mother tongue of Rwandans” which mean “water is the source of life”.This is a sentence that is well recognized by many Rwandans during different education sessions
and campaigns related to Hygiene, water and sanitation practices and their importance on our daily life.



The sentence is also retained by MATYAZO primary school students at the completion of their hygiene and sanitation education sessions during the academic year of 2012 where the activities of Hygiene, water and
sanitation program of Rwanda village concept project were working as a target group for its project of Hygiene and sanitation education among primary school students.



During the academic year of 2012, Volunteers from RVCP at MATYAZO primary school which have around 1,000 students, covered different topics on hygiene practices promotion. Among these topics we have hand washing
practices promotion among primary schools students, body hygiene, home materials hygiene (dishes,jerican,..),school materials and class hygiene, latrines cleaning, water management and respiratory hygiene practices. Students also learned how to share information and skills gained among their family
members and other children from their villages in order to become ambassadors of hygiene, water and sanitation promotion practices.



Different methods were used to educate students on those different topics. Printed materials to provide children information on hygiene and sanitation, posters, flayers, songs and group discussions on topics covered.
Nowadays students are in their final exams to end their academic year and activities at the target group are now closing and they will start the academic year in January 2013 where the project will start the new primary school as a target group.



All things have not gone well during the activities implementation in this academic year. Normally the academic year of all students from Rwanda started in January of each year and end in starting November but now it changed for universities and colleges where they ended the last academic year in July 2012 and start the new 2012-2013 academic year in September 2012 which disturbed the way activities conducted as volunteers from RVCP who
implement hygiene, water and sanitation activities are national and international university students. To resolve the challenges the organization is preparing how the implementation of different sessions and topics to be
covered in different classes at the next new target will be marched with the academic year of volunteers and the target primary school students.



“Clean hands with soaps save live”



 
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