Ouedeme Pedah November 2009

Proposal

Post: Ouedeme-Pedah
Dates of Project: The small scale waste management project is from the first of Spetmeber, 2009 until Feburary first 2010.

Brief Project Description:

Clean Village is a small scale, grassroots waste management project in the village of Ouedeme-Pedah. The objective is to build the capacity of the cleaning groups to develop a small scale waste management framework by raising awarness about waste and its effects on the health of the community, livestock and lake (which the community is dependant upon). The primary activity is a village wide clean up competition between the six communites in Ouedeme-Pedah. The primary actors are cleaning groups composed mostly of women community members.

Durning the first workshop with the groups, many expressed a concern about the effects of dust and waste residue (mostly from animal and human waste) on their health. Two, in order to raise support and awareness about their work and the competition, they expressed a desire to utilize the local town crier to inform the population. This includes informing and inviting the population to work days, and information about sanitation including fencing in animals and waste water from showers,

Therefore, this project request the funds to buy simple masks for the 285 women and 27 men who are in the cleaning groups so that they can effectively continue their work without encountering any health risks. In addition, this proposal requests funds to help the groups pay for the town crier to motivate the community and inform the general population about proper sanitation. Improving sanitation in the community is an important issue for these groups, and they show motivation and dedication by creating an action plan to raise awareness in the community and by realizing the connection between the work and their health. This fund can help the sustainability of the project by protecting the health of the driving force of the project and by allowing the groups to reach a larger audience.

Number of People Involved:

Total number of women in all the groups combined: 285
Total number of men in all the groups combined: 27
Total: 312

Budget:

Item Number Cost
Masks 312 14.000 CFA
Fund for town crier 4 (each community in compeition) 24.000 CFA
Total Cost 38.000 CFA

There are small villages that constitute Ouedeme-Pedah. The town criers will have the opportunity to pass at least week or twice to announce work days or do any other publications. Each village has one town crier, but three villages share one town crier. THe price is approximately 500 CFA a week for each town crier. Masks cost 7,000 CFA for 200 mask, which makes each mask 35 CFA.

Amount Requested: 38.000 CFA

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:
GAD funds were used to augment a PCPP titled, Village Propre, a small scale, grassroots waste management project in the village. The objective is to build the capacity of the cleaning groups to develop a small scale waste management framework by raising awareness about waste and its effects on the health of the community, livestock and lake (which the community is dependant upon). The primary activity is a village wide clean up competition between the six communities in the village and involved workshops on waste management, goal setting, problem identification and program planning. Durning the workshops, participants expressed a concern about the effects of dust and waste residue (mostly from animal and human waste) on their health and funds for the town crier in order to motivate public support for cleaning days and raise awareness about how to reduce waste around the lake. GAD funds were used to support the concerns and ideas that the participants brought up durning these workshops.

Dates of Project: 1/5/09-20/6/09
Number of People Involved: There were 350 participants between the six villages, arrondisement. There were approximately 310 women and 40 men, mostly ranging in age of twenty to forty.

Goals of Project:
There were two goals of this GAD small fund project. The first was to supply simple masks for 350 cleaning group participants, to avoid health risks on clean up days. The second goal was to supply funds for the town crier in order to motivate the community and inform the general population about proper sanitation.

The two goals were met. The first goal was to provide solutions to the health concerns associated with cleaning the village (effects of dust on the respiratory system and other concerns with human and animal fecal matter). This was done by distributing 350 facial masks to particpants between the six villages and were utilized on cleaning days. The second goal, to supply funds in order to support participants in spreading awareness and motivation, was also met. However, the town crier could not be used as much as planned. This was due to two reasons. One, the masks were more expensive than what was written in the original budget. Since there was a stronger demand for the masks and they were being used for health reasons, they took priority in the budget. Two, GAD funds were received later in the project that planned, therefore there was less time in the competition, available for the participants to utilize the town crier.

Strengths of Project: The main strength of this project was that the funds were used to supplement the ideas of the cleaning group participants. The members brought the project goals (the health risks and ideas about how to effectively communicate with the community) to the attention of the volunteer, not the other way around. This shows that the project was completely initiated by the community and implies a dedication to the larger PCPP project.
Challenges of Project: The were not many weaknesses of this project. The only weakness was that there was less money available for the town crier due to the cost of masks.

Budget:

Item Number Cost
Mask 350 24.500 CFA
Town crier fund (500 per time per village) 27 13.500 CFA
Total Cost 38.000 CFA
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