54 year old George Lenguru is a Community Health Volunteer (CHV) in Ng’ari sub location. In 2010, George recalls, the health, hygiene and sanitation status in Ng’ari was in a dire state. George is grateful for the training he received as a CHV.
“The WASH training was invaluable. It greatly improved the hygiene and sanitation status in my Manyatta.” -George Lenguru, Community Health Volunteer
“The WASH training was invaluable. It greatly improved the hygiene and sanitation status in my Manyatta.”
According to George, charity begins at home. After the training, George went back home and convened a meeting with his family and informed them on the importance of a clean environment and proper practices of hygiene and environmental cleanliness especially in the fight against trachoma.
He delegated duties to his family members and ensured that they were carried out. His four boys were responsible for the general cleanliness of the compound while his three girls were responsible for the provision of clean water to the homestead.
During the training, George learnt that the major transmitter of trachoma in the community was houseflies. This was due to the animal waste and open defecation practiced by people in the locality. He encouraged his community members to use the community pit latrines constructed in Ng’ari and construct a leaky tin for face and hand washing. He informed his community members of the importance of hand washing after visiting the toilet.
George encouraged community members to regularly clean their animal shelters and encouraged those who did not have one to construct one. George reckons that this will go a long way in reducing the number of houseflies in his community hence the reduction of trachoma infections.
George says that some of the community members were not receptive to the health message he was passing to them. This did not discourage him.
“I never gave up on informing these community members of the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation practices. I made it my point to visit them on a daily basis talking to them about health issues.”
“I never gave up on informing these community members of the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation practices. I made it my point to visit them on a daily basis talking to them about health issues,” says George.
For George, the empowerment of fellow community members on health issues does not stop at the community level. During parent/teacher meetings in schools, George always makes it a point to talk to parents and pupils on the importance of a clean environment and encourages them to practice proper hygiene and sanitation practices.
George says the WASH project has played a major role in the reduction of cases of water related diseases such as trachoma and diarrhoea. He is grateful for the strides the project has made in his community and is resolute that the hygiene and sanitation practices will continue to be practiced.