All in a days work? - Blog by Cyril Bekoe

A three piece suit is an amazing fashion accessory for a days work, in the UK.

Out here in Ol Maisor old suited and booted is dressed in overalls.

A fashionable set I might add, but after a day of shoveling fertilizer, I am not looking as pristine as I usually do.

While the team have been doing a fabulous job brick laying and cement mixing, I have had the opportunity to work with the teachers and students on powering up the school’s bio gas facility, raising awareness about the water project and water hygiene.

I would like to add that while my illustrious brick laying colleagues can build amazingly well, they cannot sing a song to save their lives.

The poor children have had to listen to us all. They are kind enough to laugh.

I am quite certain Johnny Cash never intended to have his songs sang in this way. I give them all an A plus for effort, team work and humor.

A key part of this trip is about providing clean water to the Island School and the Ol Maisor community.

A great part of ensuring the viability of this project, is to engage with the community and school to ensure they fully understand the benefits of having clean water and to use it once it’s available.

We have with us various learning aids which we are sharing with the children and teachers.

It was an amazing day today, we played a hygiene game with the children from classrooms 7 and 8.

The game allows participants to move from start to finish by answering hygiene questions such as, have you washed your hands today?

We had so many of the children raising their hands to answer the questions and move ahead of their class mates.

The best part of the day for me was spent working with the Deputy Headmaster and a few children from classroom 2 to build a Tip-Tap.

This is a basic construction that promotes hygiene in rural areas. It’s built with pieces of wood, pieces of string and a jerry can.

Things that any household can afford and that is the key.

It was such a joy to see the children today walk up after using the toilet, pick up a bar of soap and wash their hands.

At one point we had children queuing to wash their hands.

Marvelous!

A great start to sparking off a change in behaviour, which can be a major benefit.

At present 750,000 people die in Africa each year from diarrhea, it is sad to think that a simple thing like washing your hands regularly each day, can reduce diarrhea risk by up to 50%.

Hopefully by reading the above, you will understand why seeing the kids washing their hands with soap meant so much to me today.

Besides that I am enjoying every minute working with a spectacular team of people.

Cyril Bekoe