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House by house, local staff and team members walk alongside families as they start to make small health changes. Small changes result in large health improvements. It is essential that we develop community rather than simply come and do it for them.
We begin by asking people questions about their lives, health, and their experiences. We compare these first answers to answers they give later on to see how their lives have changed. Our field staff start to build relationships with families in the area.
Community Led Total Sanitation
Team members and field staff guide the whole community through exercises that show them how their current practices are making them sick, like identifying all the places where feces is contaminating their households and environment. It’s uncomfortable, but it opens the door for immediate changes.
Each household has the goal of using safe water and storing it safely, using a latrine, washing hands, drying dishes safely, and keeping a clean compound. When a family demonstrates that it does all these things, it earns a “Healthy Home” certificate, making their improvements official (and getting them well on their way to continued good health).
Schools are a vital component of good health for vulnerable children and families. Providing access to safe water, dignified latrines, and good hygiene helps kids stay healthy and keeps them in school. Healthy schools are places where kids can learn and grow.
The church should be the center of community development. Evangelism and discipleship are key elements to healthy community life. We desire to work with local churches to develop leaders, community outreach, and a holistic view of people spiritually and physically.
Respected members of the community, men and women, are selected by the community to be responsible for the full-time function of the water point. They set and collect user fees, which are saved and used when maintenance is needed. Field staff follow-up with water committees to monitor savings rates and water source functionality.
Finally, a sustainable source of safe water – a well, capped spring, cistern, or other appropriate source – is constructed in the village. The water source is partially paid for by the community and all celebrate at its completion! Each home must also have adequate water filtration to ensure good, clean, healthy water in the home.