Community Highlights: Stories from George
Seeds of Hope International Partnerships (SoHIP) strives to bring tangible relief, simple interventions, and practical solutions to community members. Nearly every day, SoHIP staff members are in the communities, conducting trainings, drilling boreholes, following up with BioSand Filter recipients, testing water sources, etc.—we’re committed to educating, supporting, and encouraging healthy homes and lifestyles. In particular, we’ve found our Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene training (iWASH) and Healthy Home programs to be two of the most effective ways to bring our holistic solutions to communities, while covering basic principles and practices to prevent disease and live a healthy lifestyle.
In early May, SoHIP staff met with Community Health Promoter, Unety Sikaonga, while conducting an iWASH training in George, a nearby community. Unety shared that he never wanted to attend a SoHIP workshop because he thought he knew all there was to know about hygiene—even more than the trainers. When he eventually decided to attend a workshop, he realized that while he was practicing good hygiene, he was missing other areas, such as safe water filtration and storage methods. After a single workshop, he learned that while one intervention can reduce sickness, it takes a holistic approach to bring lasting health to a home.
“My family experienced a lot of diarrhea because we didn’t have safe storage containers. We used open buckets. But now [after the SoHIP training session], that is a thing of the past. We want to experience good health.”
During one of SoHIP’s Healthy Home Monitoring visits, another George resident, Queen Chikanda, learned a similar lesson: a Healthy Home is made of many parts—a latrine, rubbish pit, dry rack, clean water source, and safe water storage area, to name a few. “I didn’t have a latrine, but after the training, I saw how important it was to have,” she said, “So, I dug my own.” This kind of immediate stewardship of what attendees learn is common, and demonstrates beautifully how motivated community members are to create healthy environments. Thank you for supporting SoHIP as we educate, train, and support residents in making healthy changes in their lives and homes!
United Nations Recognizes SoHIP
Near the end of 2012, the World Health Organization and Unicef, branches of the United Nations released a manual, ‘A toolkit for monitoring and evaluating household water treatment and safe storage programmes,’ which was widely distributed in early 2013. In it, Seeds of Hope is recognized for contributions to household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) program development. We’re thrilled to receive this acknowledgement, and know it will continue to motivate us to invest in our mission—forming international partnerships for the good of the global community.
To read the entire United Nations document with the reference to SoHIP, visit http://www.who.int/household_water/resources/toolkit_monitoring_evaluating/en/index.html.
New Resource Center in Solwezi
Seeds of Hope is partnering with Zambia’s largest mining company, First Quantum Minerals (FQM), to build a new Resource Center in Solwezi. Located approximately 300 miles from Ndola, Solwezi is experiencing population growth too rapid for the area’s water, sanitation and agricultural infrastructure to support. To mitigate this, FQM identified SoHIP as a strategic partner in bringing holistic development, clean water, and on-going support to the citizens of Solwezi. We are excited to be expanding, and further developing the Copperbelt region.
New Office in Redding, California
Seeds of Hope–US has a new satellite office in Redding, California. While the official SoHIP–US headquarters will remain in San Luis Obispo, California, the Redding office has begun building mobile demonstration units, planning fundraisers, and developing international team trainings. For more information regarding our Redding location, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.