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So many illnesses start with poor hand hygiene. Salmonella, campylobacter (cause of food poisoning, stomach and intestine inflammation), MRSA, flu, diarrhea and sickness, the common cold, and impetigo are just some of the viruses and infections passed between people who do not wash their hands properly with soap. A UNICEF study reports that the simple act of washing your hands with soap and water can cut diarrheal disease by one-third. The Center for Disease control reports that handwashing education and access to soap in schools can help improve attendance.
Even in light of the Ebola outbreak, many village schools in and around Braffoueby, Ivory Coast, a region devastated by the civil war and poverty, continue to have limited access to running water and soap. Every school day a teacher sends a young girl to the well to fetch a bucket of water, where multiple kids dip their hands into the same bucket, many of who may not have washed their hands with soap. This same bucket is used as their source of water for the day. Lack of sanitation, including poor sanitation of washing equipment, leads to disease, which can create life long effects for children including school dropout.
A girl carrying a bucket of water from the well to supply water for the classrooms
Disease prevention is paramount to the mission of Ivory Coast Mothers and Children. Through its partnership with the Patricia Nau Clinic, ICMC seeks to reach 1,600 children with access to 28 new sinks and sanitation supplies in the classrooms of four partner schools in the villages of Broffoueby and Becedi. Water fall in the area is abundant and wells are located near the schools. This project is expected to take 30 days to complete.
The project’s goal is to reduce disease prevention by implementing resources for children and teachers to practice handwashing and to share vital information and dialogue about proper hygiene. These transformative results will not only have direct effects on the health of these school children and teachers, but through effective education and outreach, they will continue to share knowledge about the importance of handwashing with their peers and families.
Our partner school in Braffoueby
The Patricia Nau Clinic is promoting disease prevention for healthy children
A project committee consisting of a parent, principal, and teacher will oversee the construction, project management, and maintenance of the sinks at each school. Health workers from the Ministry of Health and Patricia Nau Clinic will first train the project committees on education about proper handwashing and its lifesaving role in preventing disease. In turn, these project committees will work with and train a group of students and teachers from each school who will perform skits about proper handwashing techniques for the students and parents. Posters and handouts from the individual budgets will also be available.
Prior to the project launching, the oversight committee will evaluate incidences of poor handwashing by observing how many children fail to wash their hands with soap after eating and using the toilet. This information will serve as the baseline for measuring whether behavior changes after the sinks are built and education workshops take place in the classrooms. The committee will also measure school attendance rates, which ICMC anticipates improving because school children will healthier due to better hygiene practices.
This handwashing project will be sustainable not only because the sinks and supplies are a long-term investment for the community, but also because the schools and parents are committed to a healthier lifestyle and have pledged their commitment to support any future repairs. Our future goal is to install sinks in all the regional schools.
The total cost of this project is $5,029. The project budget includes:
12 sinks and building supplies for 1 school in Braffoueby = $2,000
*supplies include pipes, sand, gravel, cement, and paint
16 sinks and building supplies for 3 schools in Becedi = $3,029
The following is a detailed action plan for carrying out this project:
Phase 1: Education
Trainings both for the project committee members, students and teachers take place. Posters are hung and pamphlets are passed out to the schools and parents.
Phase 2: Construction and Procurement of Supplies
Employ a mason, a painter, and a plumber. Purchase building supplies and begin construction. Purchase a soap supply from the mothers who are fabricating soap with a donation from ICMC. The "soap project" will also supply future soap.
Phase 3: Project Evaluation and Oversight
> The project committees will continue to manage the installations and report back to Oscar Kouaho, a representative of the Patricia Nau Clinic who also serves as ICMC’s focal point for this project.
> The teachers will provide weekly reports on the usage and functioning of the sinks, while the principal will communicate with project management committee on challenges and successes.
> Cleaning and maintaining the sinks and towels on a regular basis will be required with the cooperation of the principal and teachers and monitored by the committees. The schools will continue to receive clean towels through a village funding program.
These committees are ready to start the project! Love AND clean hands are needed!
We need $5,029. Thank you for your support!
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