Sanitation and Hygiene
Water access gets a lot of attention, but hygiene and sanitation do the heavy lifting when it comes to preventing the water-borne diseases that cause suffering and keep people in poverty. Good hygiene and sanitation habits are the first steps people can take toward creating a Healthy Village.
Based on the Lifeway model, we believe that Everyone can have a Healthy Home.
We train local community people to visit every single household in their community to make sure they are prepared to make all the hygiene and sanitation changes they can make on their own, even before a safe water source is complete. Families work together to build latrines, store water safely, and keep themselves and their environment clean.
Elements of a Healthy Home include:
Hand washing, Washing hands with soap stops the spread of disease. People build simple handwashing devices that save water… and lives.
Safe Water Storage, Clean water in dirty containers becomes dirty water. Families learn to keep water safe from collection to consumption.
Drying Rack, Washing dishes and drying them in the sun, away from animals, helps stop the spread of harmful pathogens.
Latrines, Building and using a simple latrine separates people from poop, drastically decreasing water-borne diseases. It also provides safety and dignity.
Clean Compound, Keeping the household environment clear of trash and feces discourages germs, keeps people safer, and helps people take more pride in their home.
Certification, When a household demonstrates all these elements, it is awarded a Healthy Home Certificate, which is displayed proudly as a symbol of accomplishment.
With training and follow-up, families in all circumstances can make small but critical changes in their hygiene and sanitation practices around the home. The best part is that they gain confidence and live healthier lives in the process.