Mouanoutoua October 2009

Name: Manivanh Mouanoutoua
Post: Ouassa-Beket
Contact: 93.18.49.81

Brief Project Description:

Hand-washing workshop with public primary school students in Ouassa-Beket
The hand-washing workshop will be conducted with 20 students between the ages of 11-13 years, and that are currently attending the public primary school (EPP) in the rural village of Ouassa-Beket. Individuals of this target group are also participants in a new PCV-run after-school health club program, which aims to promote health education at a comprehensible level for children that regularly assume the role as secondary caretakers for their younger siblings. Most, if not all, participating students come from low-income, farming households; because of this there has been little to no awareness on the importance of hand-washing with soap and the significant impact that such a simple, feasible behavior can have on preventing the spread of infectious diseases. With this, the volunteer hopes that the knowledge and skills gained from this particular workshop will be transferred accordingly to the domestic setting where hygienic practices are crucial.

The anticipated workshop will be held every Thursday afternoon, 22 October to 12 November, and composed of four one-and-a- half hour sessions on the following topics:
1. The health benefits of hand-washing with soap
2. Learning the proper techniques of hand-washing with soap
3. Assessment of their knowledge and skills on hand-washing with soap to encourage sustainable behavior
4. Application: Set-up hand-washing stations at four morning food stands in the village where students buy breakfast

Each session is developed to follow the Design for Behavior Change method (DBC), such that after an anticipated period of time these participating students will continue washing their hands with soap, specifically before and after they eat, and after they have used the bathroom.

Dates of Project: October 22 – November 12
Number of People Involved:
Total number of participants: 10 females
10 males
2 Facilitators (1 teacher, 1 translator)
Total number of people affected: 200 individuals
Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Pens 20 200 CFA 4.000 CFA
Glue Sticks 10 150 CFA 1.500 CFA
Permanent Markers 4 500 CFA 2.000 CFA
Poster Paper 20 75 CFA 1.500 CFA
Scissors 10 300 CFA 3.000 CFA
Paint 5 800 CFA 4.000 CFA
Tape 1 400 CFA 400 CFA
Paintbrushes (package) 1 2.000 CFA 2.000 CFA
Candy* 2 450 CFA 900 CFA
Bucket containers 4 3.500 CFA 14.000 CFA
Hand soap (local) 12 300 CFA 3.600 CFA
Rope* 2 400 CFA 800 CFA
Soldered stands 4 3.500 CFA 14.000 CFA
Notebooks 1 1.600 CFA 1.600 CFA
Photocopies* 50 20 CFA 1.000 CFA
Printing* 5 200 CFA 1.000 CFA
Transport for Translator* 8 400 CFA 3.200 CFA
Total Cost 58.500 CFA

Amount Requested: 49.600 CFA
*PCV Contribution: 8.900 CFA

Comments

GAD Coordinator: This is an excellent proposal – well-written and clearly thought out. I’m glad she’s apply the behavior change workshop already! My only suggestion is that she also train the women running the morning food stands (probably separately from the kids) so that they are also aware of the importance and they will use them as well. And one question: who is responsible for upkeep of the stands and further purchase of soap? How will this be sustainable in the future? Recommend funding once she answers these questions.
GAD Finance: Additionally, if Mani only shows 20 students how to properly wash their hands, then how will the other students learn how to properly wash their hands at the hand-washing stations? Is there a way that the 20 students can train the other students who will frequent the hand-washing stations? Recommend funding.
GAD Specialist: Very pertinent questions. Recommend funding when questions are answered.

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:

The hand-washing workshop was conducted with 20 students (11-13 years) that are currently attending the public primary school in a rural village. Individuals of this target group are participants in a new, Peace Corps volunteer-led after-school health club program that is aimed to promote health education at a comprehensible level for children that regularly assume the role as secondary caretakers for their younger siblings.

The workshop was conducted once a week after school from 22 October 2009 to 18 January 2010, and it was composed of 8 one and a half hour sessions from the original four sessions that were discussed in the proposal description. Four extra sessions were added to the workshop in order to allow further assessment of the students’ knowledge and skills on the importance of hand-washing with soap. The volunteer administered a total of three review surveys that monitored the progress of their leaning. By session 8, more than 75 percent of the club was able to define what proper hand-washing is, when to perform this behavior, and why it is an important behavior to practice.

Some activities that the students participated in include learning a song about hand-washing with soap, working in groups to design community maps in order to determine where hand-washing with soap is considered pertinent, and building their own hand-washing stations made of an empty water bottle, rope, and local soap bars.

Dates of Project: 22 October 2009 to 18 January 2010
Number of People Involved:

Total number of participants: 10 females, 10 males, 2 facilitators (1 male teacher, 1 female translator)
Total number of people affected: Based on their feedback on the installation and use of their own hand-washing stations, the volunteer was able to assess that the 20 students were able to teach at least 3 individuals (mostly siblings) on the importance and techniques of hand-washing and, therefore, affecting a total of at least 60 persons.

Goals of Project: To promote the health benefits of hand-washing with soap among primary school students in the rural village. Objective 1: Inform students about how washing their hands with soap as a good behavior to do (achieved through song and a local example/story). Objective 2: Teach students the proper techniques of hand-washing with soap (achieve through volunteer demonstration then by students demonstrations). Objective 3: Assess the students’ knowledge and skills of hand-washing with soap (achieved by 3 surveys that were distributed in two-week increments). Objective 4: Set-up 2 large hand-washing stations at morning eating areas and 20 small bottle-based stations at the students’ homes (achieved in sessions 7 and 8, where the volunteer worked with students to assemble the stations together and to practice using them; the larger stations are to be under future maintenance of the school, its teachers, and directors).

Strengths of Project: Some of the strengths of this workshop included regular attendance from all 20 students at each session, as well as having a strong support network from the teachers and the two directors at the primary school. Because our first topic was a very simple behavior and health practice, the volunteer was able to include various creative ways for the students to learn and remember how to properly wash one’s hands. Such activities include a hand-washing song, homemade hand-washing stations that suspended from the limb of a tree, and a chalk experiment to symbolize the easy spread of germs. In being able to reapply the concept of hand-washing in different ways, the students were more capable of retaining and, thus, practicing what they have learned.

Challenges of Project: Because there was no electricity, these after-school sessions were sometimes cut shorter than were originally scheduled for. And, although students were chosen by the CM1 and CM2 teachers based on a criterium of basic conversational French, the volunteer noticed that many of them were unable to read and write in French. However, the volunteer was able to develop more interactive and image-based activities that would not only be appropriate for their learning level but also for their living situations in large households.

Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Pens 20 100 CFA 2.000 CFA
Glue Sticks 10 150 CFA 1.500 CFA
Permanent Markers* 4 500 CFA 2.000 CFA
Poster Paper 20 75 CFA 1.500 CFA
Scissors 10 300 CFA 3.000 CFA
Paint 5 900 CFA 4.500 CFA
Tape 1 900 CFA 900 CFA
Paint brushes 1 1.200 CFA 1.200 CFA
Candy* 2 bags 450 CFA 900 CFA
Bucket containers 4 3.000 CFA 10.500 CFA (discount of 1.500 CFA)
Hand soap (local) 20 150 CFA 2.900 CFA
Rope* 2 400 CFA 800 CFA
Stands (w/faucets) 2 7.000 CFA 14.000 CFA
Notebooks 1 1.600 CFA 1.600 CFA
Photocopies* 50 20 CFA 1.000 CFA
Printing* 5 200 CFA 1.000 CFA
Transport for Translator* 8 400 CFA (roundtrip) 3.200 CFA
Total Cost 52.500 CFA

*PCV CONTRIBUTION: 8.900 CFA
TOTAL REQUESTED: 49.600 CFA
TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT: 43.600 CFA
TOTAL REIMBURSEMENT: 6.000 CFA

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