One day I had the opportunity to meet with 7 out of 13 members of Uwezo Development Initiative. So far, I had been working closely together with Sifah, Ferdinand and Juliet. This meeting was a good opportunity to get to know the other members and how their association is organized.
They registered their association in August 2014 and act in the fields of child protection, youth, peace and education. The Empowering Young Women and Girls Project is at the moment one of major projects of action.
From left to right: Sifah (project coordinator), Maria (peer educator), Walter (youth leader and peer educator), Michael (psychological chancelor), Ferdinand (project director), Eve (media & communication), me, Juliet (youth leader and peer educator)
Besides training on family planning and entrepreneurship, education on hygiene is also a major issue in the Empowering Young Women and Girls Project. Since all of the young mothers have kids, personal hygiene plays an important role and has to be considered as a matter of course in their daily life.
For this reason Sifah, project coordinator at UDI, trained the young mothers on the importance of personal hygiene and outlined diseases that may result from lack of hygiene, for example concerning teeth hygiene.
Small things like washing hands properly before and after eating and after going to the toilet is important to avoid infections. With a live demonstration the women could strengthen their awareness on the importance of washing hands properly.
As assisting teaching material Sifah used an e-learning on Personal Hygiene developed by Regina Polczer in the framework of her bachelor thesis at Hochschule Karlsruhe.