PCV 4 May 2010

Brief Project Description:
This health workshop will be conducted with 20 members from the local women’s group. Individuals of this target group are mothers currently living in the Centre and are considered community leaders in favor of female empowerment. As primary caretakers, many of them are responsible for caring for their children’s health. This also includes both preparing meals for more than five children and maintaining their hygiene on a daily basis. More generally, these female individuals have a strong influence over the health of their children since they directly and regularly interact with them. Through this particular relationship, children will most likely learn and perform the very practices of managing one’s health from their caretakers.

Male counterparts in this region often hold little to no responsibility regarding the domestic sphere, but they are still culturally considered the breadwinners of the family. Therefore, they must approve any major changes—actual or behavioral—made to the household beforehand, especially if there is any monetary value to the desired change. All participants have received some knowledge and training on the topics related to maternal and child health, but few can remember the contents of what they learned after some time. More specifically, an even fewer amount continue to properly practice the techniques of water hygiene and the prevention of water-borne diseases due to lack of funds or useful cues to reinforce the action.

The “Clean Water for a Clean Body” workshop will take place at the women’s center in the Centre. It is composed of four 4-hour sessions that are broken into a knowledge and application component for each day. Each session will emphasize on topics related to water hygiene and the prevention of water-borne diseases:

-Techniques on the proper preparation and storage of drinking water
-The prevention and treatment of:
Dehydration
Diarrhea
Malaria
-Application: market day, 8 30-minute demonstrations on ORS solution and filtering water; goal for mothers to share techniques with others

The primary goal of this workshop is to emphasize the significant impact that both properly treated water and contaminated water can have on the human body. Identifying the differences of the aforementioned will assist participants in further understanding the importance of drinking clean water to maintain good health and of avoiding untreated water to prevent illness. The application portion will employ scenario exercises where the women will have a chance to seek positive responses to the day-to-day situations concerning clean water in the area, including the major issue of persuading the male partner. This, in turn, will help ensure more feasible positive behavior changes among the women and a more sustainable transfer of proper water hygiene practices from the caretaker to child.

Dates of Project:
Number of People Involved:
Total number of participants: 23 Females; 0 Males; 2 Facilitators (PC volunteer, group president)
Total number of people affected: 200 Individuals (male and female)

Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost
Poster Paper* 25 100 CFA 2.500 CFA
Permanent Markers* 8 500 CFA 4.000 CFA
Tape* 1 900 CFA 900 CFA
Aquatabs 40 125 CFA 5.000 CFA
Bleach* 2 1.000 CFA 2.000 CFA
Salt 3 400 CFA 1.200 CFA
Sugar 5 600 CFA 3.000 CFA
Pump Water (25L)+ 16 25 CFA 400 CFA
Soap (local)* 10 150 CFA 1.500 CFA
T-shirts 25 1.000 CFA 25.000 CFA
Funnels+ 4 250 CFA 1.000 CFA
Bowls+ 10 100 CFA 1.000 CFA
Flour Sifters 5 400 CFA 2.000 CFA
Large Containers 4 800 CFA 3.200 CFA
Snacks 1 10.000 CFA 10.000 CFA
Photocopies* 100 20 CFA 2.000 CFA
Main room rental at center+ In kind In kind In kind
Transport for translator+ In kind In kind In kind
Additional costs for t-shirts (from participants)+ 25 500 CFA 12.500 CFA
Total Cost 77.200 CFA

Amount Requested: 49.800 CFA
*PCV Contribution: 12.500 CFA
+Community Contribution: 14.900 CFA

Comments

GAD Coordinator: Great project, as always from Mani. She talked about the need to get men involved in behavior change, but the project design doesn’t address that. How will that impact these women’s ability to make changes in their households? I love the practical application part. If she can answer questions about men’s involvement, recommend funding.
GAD Finance: In general, this project has a clear focus and objective. The age breakdown of the participants should be included. Recommend funding once questions are answered.

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