We habitually educate our village communities about the importance of household hygiene, personal hygiene, and sanitation through outreaches. We also have partnerships with local schools, encouraging children to adopt personal habits of hygiene, and to help their schools and their families adopt small sanitation measures like having ‘tippy-taps’ outside of latrines. Tippy taps are locally-constructed hand washing stations that make it easy for people to follow good hygiene practices.
To teach about the importance of safe water and good sanitation, we hold village outreaches about the importance of gathering water from clean water sources, and importance of using ceramic filtration over boiling – water intended for consumption. We also educate villagers about the nature and danger of water-borne diseases contracted by drinking contaminated water. At times we bring in local community based organizations (CBOs) to do educational performances or outreaches about safe water, similar to the CBO performances given on HIV/AIDs or malaria.
Throughout our WASH programs, WOOSH will continue facilitating safe water outreaches especially in the most vulnerable settings. Village Health Teams (VHTs) through our trainings and supervisions will sensitize the community about the dangers of contaminated water, and how to best to treat water for consumption, and further eradicate them on the dangers associated with poor hygiene and sanitation. Best practices to solve such challenges will be addressed.