Health and Clean Water in Motony
Motony is a tight-knit and welcoming community dedicated to improving the livelihoods of children and adults alike. Since we began working here, Free The Children has seen much development and improvement in the community, specifically in terms of access to education, clean water and a source of income, and education about safe health practices.
Recently, with guidance from Free The Children, the Motony Primary School Environmental Club planted a garden on school grounds. Comprised of a vegetable nursery bed grown with kale, the garden supports the school’s nutrition program which ensures that all students are given a healthy and filling lunch so they can focus on learning, not hunger. The school management committee has formed a mini committee to oversee the success of the garden. This mini committee is responsible for ensuring the garden is healthy and producing vegetables throughout the year. To help, the committee recently participated in a training session in which they learned the skills needed for successful vegetable farming.
Students at Motony Primary School are also making progress in terms of health. A health contest was recently held there with the hopes of enhancing students’ skills and knowledge of primary disease prevention. As a result of this contest, students now know the different ways diseases are contracted and what they can do to prevent them with locally available nutrients.
Recently, women’s groups from neighbouring communities (Emori Joi, Enelerai, Pimbiniet and Salabwek) attended a training session in Motony, which consisted of mini workshops about leadership, record-keeping, minute-taking, report-writing, enterprise selection and conflict resolution.
Motony’s women’s groups continue to meet and are progressing well. Some group members have visited the Baraka Health Clinic where they’ve learned more about staying healthy, child welfare and maternal health.
The well at Motony Primary School remains in good condition and is used by the entire community for domestic and animal use. The water coordinator is continuing to do a good job ensuring there is a constant supply of water on school grounds by taking care of necessary repairs early and thoroughly. As a result, the well tanks remain intact and no leakages have been experienced. Because the school and community have this source of clean water there has been a great improvement in general cleanliness and a reduction in waterborne diseases. Students are also able to spend more time learning, not carrying water.
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