Delivering handwashing sessions at Kisedi school

15th April 2019

Many diseases and illnesses are spread simply by not washing hands with soap and clean water. The seven steps of handwashing play an important role in promoting hygiene. Following these steps allows us to clean and wash every corner of our hands, getting rid of germs and bacteria that affect our health hygiene. Raleigh ICS has been working to improve WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) practices in the rural communities of Makwanpur and Gorkha. Volunteers are also constructing handwashing stations and tap stands, while working on supplying water sources for communities that are in need of water.

Our volunteers Sam, Sanjeev and Johannes write about their handwashing session in a school at Kisedi.

Our ICS volunteer group recently conducted a successful awareness raising session on the ‘seven steps of handwashing’ at the Kisedi village school. Our work recognises the need to share good hygiene practices with young people to ensure a healthy future for communities in Nepal, particularly in schools where education is so vital to future prosperity.

We arrived at the school at midday, just before a break started. This time allowed us to introduce ourselves to school children before the session began. We also got some time to set up the colourful, informative posters we had made.

Colourful hand-washing posters made by Nepal volunteers

The start of our lesson was marked with a song in Nepali, developed by Nepali ICS volunteers. The song takes the children through the seven steps and explains the purpose of each step. The song proved very memorable, as we heard some of the children singing the song after our session. After the song, we emphasised the importance of handwashing and discussed the consequences for your health of not washing your hands after defecation, before food and throughout the day.

ICS volunteers during activities with school children

We asked the students questions to gauge their understanding and asked how many had washed their hands before lunch. There were only a limited number of hands – but this is what we have come to help them change!

Splitting the children into their year groups, we started the interactive session. We guided the children to practice the seven steps of handwashing by lining up in front of buckets and we were mirroring the seven steps for them. Everyone was keen to have a go, and by the end of each line the children who had been watching were aware of the sequence of actions involved in order to get their hands perfectly clean.

Art work by volunteers

With a final rendition of our song we finished our session with a feeling of accomplishment.

Later that day, we met our host sister who had mirrored the seven handwashing steps during the session. She was very pleased to relay the seven steps ‘Ek, dui, tin, char, pach, cha, saat’ (one, two…. seven) with no errors at all.

Hand-washing Art work by volunteers

The school children are the best means to spread this knowledge to others. They can easily influence their family members, friend circles and other community members as well.

The volunteers are also constructing hand-washing stations and tap stations along with working on supplying water sources for communities that are in need of water.

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