Our partner will run education sessions through PHHE (Participatory Health and Hygiene) programs in rural schools in the Bulawayo region. The programs involve a hands-on, participatory style of teaching through drama, song and dance. School health clubs will be formed to keep up active interest and participation in healthy sanitation habits where students and teachers are involved. Volunteers will be given a small stipend to run the sessions and training will be provided to new volunteers and a refresher given to experienced team members.
What we like about it:
This is the third project with this partner who have a strong track record. This project has a multifaceted approach to health and hygiene. It focuses on young people at schools together with teaching staff and the wider community. We like the fact that our partners are efficient, providing coordinated sessions across a region. We like the fact that our partners are working in areas of proven need, not perceived need. We also value the comprehensive evaluation and monitoring as the project progresses. We are pleased that this health education project will strengthen the provision of new clean water access to schools.
Budget: $15,900 for a one-year project.
The budget will provide project management, educational materials, transport, health professional educators, volunteer training, and baseline and end-evaluation surveys.
Water is a huge need in Zimbabwe with the country suffering periodic droughts. Combine this with poverty, a failing economy and political instability, then it is no wonder that clean water sources are in extremely short supply with local populations reliant on unsafe or unclean water. Our partners estimate 50% of rural schools have very poor water supply infrastructure with little or no storage and broken or malfunctioning pumps. Most children and adults suffer from water borne illnesses and more water sources are urgently needed.