Healthy Waste Worker for Healthier Community
A Peacemaking Project by Govinda R.
What is the injustice we are solving?
An injustice that I want to change in my community is the knowledge and awareness level among informal waste worker about personal protective equipment, hygiene maintenance, and sanitation. In spite of working an agent of waste management, there is no attention and programs designed to them for their health promotion and disease prevention.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of lack of awareness on sanitation and good hygiene literacy among informal waste works of Kathmandu valley
we will address The ignorance of health institutions and government of Nepal who lag behind in addressing the poor health, hygiene and sanitary condition of informal waste workers.
by Raising awareness among the informal waste workers in their own community about the importance of sanitation and hygiene to them
Our Project Plan:
- Increase the level of knowledge and awareness about sanitation and good hygiene among 20 informal waste workers of Kathmandu Valley by organizing a good hygiene literacy program by the end of January 2020.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
1. We will increase compassion by actively listening to the points of the view of the informal waste workers and their experiences in the work. 2. By appreciating their work for their contribution to the community as well as motivate them for the continuation of the work.
How will you show courage?
We will show our courage by reaching out to the community of informal waste workers and implementing the peace first project with their involvement to aware of different aspects of good hygiene and sanitation. We will also show our compassion by speaking in favor of peace and hope and the good life of the people especially for the informal waste workers who have become voiceless.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will collaborate with PHASE Nepal, local leaders of the community and waste workers through discussion and meetings sharing about the changes the project could impact the health and lifestyle of the waste workers.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
We will know that we are moving in the right direction when the waste workers follow the sanitation and good hygiene measures in their workplace and in the community and this can be known through monitoring and evaluation after the project. Similarly, we can also know it through the active involvement of the participants and two-way communication between us and waste workers throughout the awareness program.
- Collaboration with the PHASE Nepal , Local leader and waste workers to reach out and plan for the project
- Informing the waste workers about the project in the specified date and time in their community
- Creating different materials and posters for the awareness program
- Implementation of the project with the involvement of informal waste workers
- Creation of the manual
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
The injustice of the lack of awareness and health education among informal waste workers has really made us understand about the real condition and scenario of the informal waste workers. Multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration with involvement of the government, local body, the community group is essential so that we could involve a large group of people and spread awareness for making an impact in their lifestyle and hygiene.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
The community has now felt hygiene and sanitation as an important part of daily activities. They wash their hands and feet after working as an informal waste collector. Apart from personal hygiene, they also keep their community area clean by managing the wastes. Nowadays, they have recognized the importance of personnel protective equipments while working.
How many people were impacted by your project?
In addition to those directly impacted, are there additional people you feel were indirectly indirectly impacted or reached? If so, how many? (This might include people who read about your project, families of people that attended your workshops or received services, etc.)
From the planning of the program itself, we were in contact with the people who were the beneficiaries of the project. Besides that, we had selected a youth leader from the community for reaching out, plan, and implement the project. We informed the informal waste worker about the project and gathered them for arousing awareness and health education about sanitation and proper hygiene which is essential for maintaining their optimum health.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
My team learned about the people affected by the injustice through direct observation, discussion with the local leader in the different phases of the project implementation.
What did your team learn?
Our team learned about group dynamics, resources mobilization, coordination, and implementation of the project in the community level.
What challenges did your team overcome?
The challenge was the participation of the waste workers, communication gap (as some of them were from India). Despite of the challenges out team succeed the project with the help of local leader and community people at that moment
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
I have involved the local youth leader so that we could reach our target audience for the project. Similarly, I have involved Health coordinator sir for designing contents and available materials to arouse awareness among the waste workers.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
I would advice someone to, first of all, understand more about the injustice in the community, learn and collaborate with others for starting a peacemaking project. For the youth, it is a great learning platform where we could initiate and implement a project in our community area through our innovative solution and guidance from the peace first team.
Community health awareness among informal waste workers about hygiene and sanitationOn 29th of February 2020, we conducted a community health program at Tankeshwor Kathmandu at meghdooth youth club hall with the involvement of the informal waste workers, local youth leader and with the help of health coordinator from PHASE Nepal. The program was successful with the participation of 26 informal waste workers within the community.
People from diverse age group were present in the building. The program was conducted for 2 hours where we introduced about the program, made aware about the importance of hygiene and sanitation in the workplace and the use of personnel protective equipment's and gears to avoid infections and diseases. At the end of the program, the participants provided feedback about the program and we thanked them for their time and meaningful participation.