Olmotiany WASH Club

The power of children in advocacy can influence an entire community.

Olmotiany WASH Club

WASH acknowledges the power of children in advocating for change not only among their peers but in the community at large. Sofia Kimesei is one of the club facilitators in Olmotiany Primary School. She coordinates 50 pupils; 30 girls and 20 boys.
Water shortage is a big challenge to in this school-and in the entire area. Often, children are forced to carry water from home to facilitate the WASH club projects. Even teachers and parents sometimes have to chip in and bring water.
Kimesei was one of the teachers who were trained on maintaining hygiene and sanitation in school so as to create an environment that is conducive for good health and learning. The WASH club ensures that the school compound and the classrooms are clean. They also install and refill the leaky tins so that pupils can wash their hands after visiting the latrine.

 

As a result, Olmotiany Primary School is very clean. Cases of diseases like diarrhea, Cholera and Trachoma are no longer reported in school, greatly improving the attendance. The pupils apply the lessons learnt in their homes, improving the hygiene there as well. They also carry out community outreach programs where they teach residents to wash hands, dispose their trash safely and use latrines.
The WASH club has also initiated poultry farming. The eggs improve the nutrition of the children while some are sold to help support WASH Club projects.
The WASH club activities have improved the school enrollment and attendance. Cases of sickness are very low compared to other areas. Their homes have also benefited from the program making the entire community a healthier place to live.

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