As part of the Girls’ Empowerment Project that Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) has been conducting since March with the support of //KANALLAN, a “one-day exposure visit was conducted for the peer educators to Kirtipur, Ward no. 6, for community interaction, sanitation and health awareness” program was conducted. There was a participation of 75 individuals in the program including 28 peer educators, JCYCN members, advisors, elected representatives, teachers and local school children.
The program was initiated by Tilottam Paudel (President of JCYCN) along with Deepak Sharma (General Secretary of JCYCN) while Hom Nath Jaise (Patron JCYCN), Biras Lamichhane (JCYCN Member), Ranu Chapagain (JCYCN Member), Khimananda Bhusal (JCYCN Advisor), Ashma Aryal (Asian Girls Human Rights Award Winner), Nav Kumari Gautam (Ward Member – 16), Mekh P. Saru (Ward President – 9), Min P. Soti (Ward President – 6) were present at the event as guests. Each of the people present explained the need for sanitation and health awareness and wished the girls their best.
The program was centered around increasing the capacity of the peer educator girls to interact with the local communities and impart their experiences to them. The peer educators demonstrated the correct way to maintain oral hygiene along with the proper way to wash hands using a soap to the local community. The peer educators also shared their own experiences, explaining how the Girls Empowerment Project had had a positive impact in their lives and has allowed them to feel empowered. Ms. Aryal also shared her story about becoming the Asian Girls Human Rights Award Winner with the students present. Through various stories based on their own experiences, the peer educators motivated the young girls and boys of the community to regularly maintain their health and hygiene. The peer educators performed dazzling dances and songs in front of the school children and held an interaction session with them. They eventually distributed toothbrush, toothpaste and soaps to these students with a promise to regularly use them.
At the end of the program the peer educator girls were distributed into 4 teams and were made to do team building activities in the community. The 4 groups then went to visit the various families in the community and enquired about the concept of health and hygiene with them. They then explained the necessity of sanitation and cleanliness in maintaining a healthy life. JCYCN had provided 20 families in the community with goats under their income generation project in support with Kinder in Nepal e.V. since January 2018. They asked how the goats had influenced their livelihoods and also checked the condition of the goad sheds themselves.
On seeing the conditions of the sheds and kitchens of the various houses the peer educators recommended that proper cleanliness needed to be done to keep the community safe from diseases. They also shared the need of families to encourage their children to participate in activities to boost their confidence and be able to speak in front of large crowds. They also mentioned that there was a need to look into the education and sanitation in the community as both the aspects are interrelated and one cannot be focused while leaving the other out.