PCV 1 March 2010

Brief Project Description:
The 20 participating students in the primary school’s health club program will be performing and demonstrating the health benefits and techniques of proper hand-washing to the rural village through the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” However, elements of this tale will be adapted to fit the cultural setting of and the various themes that were ascertained during the eight-week workshop on hand-washing at the local primary school by the Peace Corps volunteer:

1. What is “hand-washing with soap”?
2. When do you wash your hands with soap?
3. Why do you wash your hands with soap?

This activity is developed subsequent to the completion of the workshop, such that further emphasis on the Design for Behavior Change method will be expressed through the creative application of the principles of hand-washing with soap; thus, this will also promote awareness and encourage action among villagers in this positive behavior change. This strategy of presenting information in theatrical form is particularly meant to target a larger audience of all ages and of little-to-no educational background. Additionally, with the assistance of a translator, the play will be presented both in French and in the local language, Bariba, to accommodate the greater community. With this, the participants will not only be able to translate what they have learned to help others learn, but they will also be able to present the notion that hand-washing with soap is a good behavior to acquire in an engaging and educational way.

The play will take place at the local youth center that is located across the dirt road from the primary school, starting in early to mid April (tentative to change with schedule of the primary school). There will be a total of nine performances for the village, with four viewings set aside for the students at the primary school. These special sessions will be conducted during school hours and in French, supplemented with a questionnaire handout that will gauge their knowledge on hand-washing after the viewing by their respective teachers. Although these are set to occur during the day, the other five will occur in Bariba, as well as in the early evening in order to accommodate the majority of households that work in the fields.

Dates of Project:
Number of People Involved:
Total number of participants: 10 females; 10 males
Total number of people affected: 100 individuals (minimum expected number of attendants at viewings)


Item Number Unit Price Cost
Poster Paper 30 sheets 75 CFA 2.250 CFA
Fabric (scenery, costumes, decorations) 59 meters 350 CFA 20.650 CFA
Paint 5 cans 800 CFA 4.000 CFA
Wire 15 meters 300 CFA 4.500 CFA
Light bulbs 10 200 CFA 2.000 CFA
Bulb fixtures 10 200 CFA 2.000 CFA
Plugs 4 300 CFA 1.200 CFA
Rope 3 packs 400 CFA 1.200 CFA
Support frames – backdrop 1 2.000 CFA 2.000 CFA
Support frames – pig houses 3 700 CFA 2.100 CFA
Support frames – lighting 1 2.000 CFA 2.000 CFA
Tape 1 roll 900 CFA 900 CFA
Paintbrushes 1 pack 2.000 CFA 2.000 CFA
Foil 1 pack 2.200 CFA 2.200 CFA
Photocopies* 100 20 CFA/copy 2.000 CFA
Printing* 5 20 CFA/copy 1.000 CFA
Rental for youth center In-kind In-kind In-kind
Total Cost 52.000 CFA

*PCV Contribution

Amount Requested: 49.000 CFA


GAD Specialist: This is a great project, very original. It’s well-written, in simple language and presented in a succinct way. However, I am wondering why the PCV wants to use her own money to complete the funding of the project. Can she not get someone in the village to donate? In the budget, I suggest she remove the line item MISC and just indicate the items e.g. photocopies, etc.
Another point is that I don’t get the sense that the community is actively involved in the organization and implementation of the project (apart from the translator).
Recommend funding.
GAD Coordinator: Yes – I would recommend that she have a homologue work with her to plan this event, and see if she could get a community contribution for the additional 3 mille. However, I do note that she got the youth center donated as a space, which shows community involvement. In her closing report I would like her to give a gender breakdown of the audience. Recommend funding.
GAD Finance: I agree with the above comments. Also, the closing report should include the ages of the participants. Recommend funding.

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:
The hand-washing play was performed with 20 students (11-13 years) that currently attend the public primary school in the rural village. Individuals of this target group are also participants in the after-school health club program that is aimed to promote health education at a comprehensible level for children that live in rural communities and that regularly assume the role as secondary caretakers for their younger siblings.

Scene preparation and rehearsals for the play, Les 3 Petits Cochons: La Magie de Lavage des Mains, occurred three times each week during the month of April, alternating between practices on campus and at the local youth center. The actual performances were held at the center, starting on Sunday, May 9 and finishing on Sunday, May 16. The PC volunteer and the health club were able to put on four viewings for both the village and the primary school students, with an overall total of 377 individuals in attendance. A community representative attended both viewings for the village and translated the performance from French to the local language, Bariba. While providing an opening summary of the story, the translator also accepted questions for needed clarification at the end of the play, that is, allowing for a greater understanding among members of the community who do not speak French on the storyline.

Dates of Project: May 9-16, 2010
Number of People Involved:
Total number of participants: 10 females; 10 males; 1 Translator (male)
Total number of people affected: 377 attendants

Goals of Project:
Goal: To allow health club participants to spread awareness on the health benefits of hand-washing with soap through theatrical interpretation:
Objective 1: Reinforce techniques of hand-washing with soap among participants
*Achieved through memorization and execution of song and of the play
Objective 2: Inform members of the village through visual form in order to bypass language barrier
*Achieved through selection of theatre as main method of demonstrating
the health benefits of hand-washing with soap
*Achieved through presence of village translator at both performances

Strengths of Project:
Given that the students had learned the importance of hand-washing with soap in the previous workshop, they were able to effectively apply what they had learned into action. This made rehearsals easier, that is, the PC volunteer could focus on helping the students learn how to incorporate reading and acting at the same time. Once the performance dates approached, it became essential to work on scenery and rehearse lines during Saturday mornings in April. From this most of the community offered their support and allowed their children to participate. The end result of the students’ time and effort was that they were able to enjoy acting in costume for their family and friends while contributing to the building of scenery, such as the frames for the houses, bushes, and the backdrop.

Challenges of Project:
Although the script of the play had been re-edited a few times to make it simpler for the students to both understand and perform, the PC volunteer concluded that there was not enough visual presentation on the proper techniques of hand-washing as opposed to the actors merely stating it in words. This became an evident; however, there was one demonstration by the character of the third little pig and the translator was able to explain more clearly when hand-washing with soap was most important.

Being one of the first plays to be held in the village, many of the props and costumes were a bit novel to the audience. What also led to some inquiries was representation of life onstage, for example, how the triangular bushes could exist, or how the king’s chair became the door of the third little pig’s house. Although the PC volunteer made signs for most of the scenery, the translator was also needed to explain the story and the purpose of the props.

Although the original proposal suggested that there would be a total of nine viewings, the PC volunteer had reduced the number to two viewings for each group. With the early start of the rainy season, there was a greater need for the villagers, and therefore the students, to be out in the fields. Also, during most of March the primary school teachers were on strike. This made it more difficult to put out more performances without surpassing the end of the academic year.

The PC volunteer could not purchase the stage lights, as recorded in the project budget, due to frequent current cuts that occurred through March and April.


Item Number Unit Price Cost
Poster Paper 30 sheets 100 CFA 3.00 CFA
Fabric (scenery, costumes, decorations) 60 meters 22.850 CFA
Paint 4 cans 800 CFA 3.200 CFA
Rope 3 packs 350 CFA 1.050 CFA
Support frames – backdrop & nails 3 sacks; 4 packets 300 CFA; 100 CFA 1.300 CFA
Support frames – pig houses 3 In-kind
Support frames – bushes 3 In-kind
Tape 1 roll 900 CFA 900 CFA
Paintbrushes 1 pack 1.500 CFA 1.500 CFA
Foil 1 pack 2.200 CFA 2.200 CFA
Photocopies* 100 20 CFA/copy 2.000 CFA
Printing* 5 20 CFA/copy 1.000 CFA
Rental for youth center In-kind
Total Cost 35.000 CFA

*PCV Contribution

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