Personal Hygiene in Rural Settings

We began our project, by necessity, with a focus on the self and the actions that each child needed to take to keep their personal environment clean.  This resulted in a project on personal hygiene. Children were not able to bath regularly due to little supply of water in their villages.   Washing their clothes regularly and keeping hair, nails and their body clean and tidy was the first challenge that was faced. Many of the students arrived at the school with different kinds of rashes for which medical facilities were provided.  The support staff provided continuous assistance and relentlessly ensured that a routine was set in which the children regularly take up brushing, bathing and handwashing where necessary.  School, and sport uniforms were provided by the school.  With continuous monitoring by the support staff and  teachers personal cleaness habits and regularly washing their clothes was introduced. 

The personal dresses of the students had to washed in disinfectants to help the students get rid of the rashe.  This process  along with the medication provided, showed good results in a month or so.  The children experienced the benefits of being clean and tidy. This was also possible as they compared themselves with the regular students coming from middle class families who
are the day boarders of the school. So long as the children were in the schoo,l it was a successful campaign to achieve the kind of personal hygiene that was envisaged for these children.

The biggest challenge was to see how this will be followed up, maintained or abandoned when the children left for a three-week vacation. The efforts put in by the school were rewarded when it was observed that the older children [especially girls] actually tried to implement this hygiene with their elders at home albeit in an atmosphere of scant water resources.  The younger children from  households which did not have older children  did return with the need to be reminded  of their new routines however they restablished them quickly.

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Personal Hygiene 
Cycle 2:
Waste and Composting
Cycle 3:
Student Leadership
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