As so many men have joined the military due to the ongoing conflict, South Sudanese women are largely responsible for raising the next generation.
The Trumpeter Community Health Project recognises the importance of ensuring that women are involved on all fronts when it comes to sanitation and hygiene. This is why the Trumpeter volunteers work hard to educate women about the best ways to stay safe when it comes to cleanliness and water.
Maty Abuk is a mother of six who has participated in the Trumpeters’ programme:
‘I have gained knowledge about hygiene and sanitation, especially water treatment and how to use chlorine to treat water. I have also learnt the importance of washing hands after every latrine visit, even after changing children’s diapers, and encouraging my children to wash hands after visiting the latrine. These have in many ways reduced diseases in my household. I am able to protect my family with this knowledge and I will teach other women in my home area Bor.’
Terza Achol, a mother of three, is another beneficiary of the programme:
‘I learned the importance of having a latrine in a household. Most of the homes around Juba do not have latrines or know how to use them – it’s one thing to have a latrine and another thing to use it properly. I learned about the treatment of water; this knowledge has reduced diarrheal cases among my children. Previously, diarrhoea was so common in my house but since we started to practise better hygiene, this has changed.’
It is exciting to hear from women who are not only benefiting themselves from the vital work of the Trumpeters but also spreading their newfound knowledge to their families and beyond. Please pray that the Trumpeters’ tips and training would spread exponentially in communities in and around Juba.