IMPLEMENTING ACTIVITIES OF THE FAMILY HOMES MOVEMENT
IN THE WASH SECTOR
Family Homes Movement, in partnership with UNICEF, has been engaged in a wide range of activities with funding from UNICEF. We, as a accredited partner to UNICEF, have reached the lives of a lot of people in the Yoni Chiefdom, Tonkolili district, through the following activities:
TRIGGERING & TRAINING OF NATURAL LEADERS:
- Communities have been triggered and spurred into action in order to dig and build their own latrines, and take ownership of their hygiene as that will save them from medical expenses and they will be safe within the community. Over a 100 communities have been triggered and they can now boast of their own latrines instead of openly defecating in the bush.
- Training have been provided for the natural leaders who emerged to first build their toilets and serve as watch dogs for defaulters refusing to dig and build their toilets.
REHABILITATION OF WATER POINTS
- We were mandated by the contract signed with UNICEF to rehabilitate 45 water wells within the Yoni chiefdom. Forty (40) of these are community wells and five are Peripheral Health Units (PHUs). The rehabilitation process has gone on and these wells now enjoy year long water facility as they have been re-deepened.
- Complementing the effort of the wells for sustainability, groups were formed and trained in order for them to take responsibility for their water points when they break down. These groups were trained in the Village Savings & Loan Scheme (VS&L) wherein the groups form, meet weekly and buy shares as a form of savings; at every meeting they also collect social funds. That social fund goes towards the rehabilitation of wells or education as may be specified in their constitution.
CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNITY CARE CENTRES
- In November and December, mandates were again given to us to construct Community Care Centres (CCCs) in Roruks, Yoni chiefdom, Tonkolili District and Kabaya, Bramaia chiefdom, Kambia district respectively, in the face of the upsurge of the Ebola epidemic. This job we did with diligence and professionalism. Up to now, these centres are running with much surveillance around the communities. Alongside the construction, FHM was a strong voice in the Social Mobilization pillar in helping communities accept the CCCs and the benefits they bring to the community. This awareness raising brought about a huge number of people accessing the local health units for other illnesses and the CCCs when they felt abnormal signs and symptoms.
EBOLA PREVENTION AND RESPONSE WORKSHOPS
- During the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), FHM received funding from both AVSI and TRENTO, Italy, to step up campaigns on the EVD. Workshops were conducted in Yoni chiefdom and Kalansogoia chiefdom in the Tonkolili district. Youth groups were trained on the preventive and responsive mechanisms of the outbreak. These youths were again used as change agents amongst their peer groups and community as they can better be relied upon with the message. Today, they are formed into community surveillance groups and are manning checkpoints in order to forestall an outbreak within the communities.
- Various communities received food and non food items from FHM, complementing the effort of the government in respect of the clarion call made by the President.
DECOMMISSIONING & PAINTING OF SCHOOLS
- As the epidemic is slowing down now, there is the need for the demolition of some of these centres. Some of the centres were built within 200m radius to schools. Now that schools are about to be re-opened, we are presently engaged in the decommissioning process of these centres. Already, Magbokie and Masumbirie CCCs have been decommissioned by a formidable team in the office with reports been sent to UNICEF.
- The affected schools near the CCCs are currently under refurbishment and we are currently engaged in a rigourous campaign to ensure that the toilets and water wells are functional before schools reopen.