Outreach through CHE-run activity days. Interacting with the community and spreading WASH awareness to every age group.
Participating in one’s community is crucial to bringing about positive change. To be heard, one must first be seen. CHEs organize and host activity days to establish a presence and promote change in their community.
Volunteer Community Cleanup Group
Motivated community members organize their peers to participate in community cleanup days. Participants learn about the benefits of trash removal for improved drinking water and the dangers of unsanitary practices like open defecation. The Cleanup Group also supports the government during events and the new nationwide monthly cleanup day initiative started by Tanzania’s new president.
Shops and Salons
CHEs go to shops and salons to teach workers and storeowners about WASH, environmental cleanliness, and trash disposal.
Groups (Fishermen, Women)
CHEs meet with established groups of fishermen, women, and farmers and use their existing ties to teach them about preventing disease.
Local Market Days
People of the Mara Region gather on market days to trade goods. CHEs take advantage of the large crowds by setting up Disease Prevention Awareness booths and selling crucial WASH materials.
Games, art projects, snacks, and song and dance performances draw hundreds of children and community members to each event. The activities promote WASH behavioral changes in community youths who pass their newfound knowledge on to their families.
Several times a month, MSG hosts disease-prevention-focused radio programs about handwashing, menstrual hygiene management, cholera, water treatment, etc. The programs feature MSG’s songs and a live Q & A session with the CHWs.
MSG’s partnership with the government continues to grow—especially after the region’s two cholera outbreaks in 2015 and 2016 where we worked with the World Health Organization, the Mara Regional Medical Office, and Three District Councils and Medical Offices. Additionally, we partner with the government for international celebrations like World Water Day, Day of the African Child, Sanitation Week, World Toilet Day and Global Handwashing Day.