Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
The Trumpeter Community Health Project
Dirty water and a lack of good hygiene are one of the biggest killers of children in South Sudan: 1 in 10 die before they turn five.
South Sudan has one of the highest rates of child mortality (rate of children dying before they reach the age of five) in the world (world bank). Diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia kill countless children in South Sudan every year. But they can be easily prevented by using clean water and improving hygiene practices (e.g. hand washing with soap).
Trumpeter Community Health
A large part of the Trumpeters’ work involves visiting homes to teach families life-saving habits such as:
- Handwashing with soap
- Building and using toilets (instead of going to the toilet in the open)
- Using clean water in their homes
- How to treat unclean water
- Vaccinating their children
- Making oral rehydration solutions for children suffering from diarrhoea
- Plus they help to build, maintain and repair boreholes (a long-term source of water for a community)
"For the past 6 years Munuki block A has transformed from a place of open defecation and dirty streets to clean compounds, decreased open defecation and clean streets. Besides just transforming the environment, the community health workers have transformed the lives of many people including vulnerable families. They have also been praying and fellowshipping with the community to help them in spiritual growth."
Joyce and Tabitha
What Difference do the Trumpeters Make?
“They have visited my home several times with different topics like handwashing with soap. We were all taught the five steps of hand washing which is very crucial during this time of COVID-19. I have been able to teach my grandchildren and my children.
I was taught about preparing clean water for drinking and domestic use. I am now able to take care of everyone in the family.
Since I learned all these, we have not had anyone who has become sick in the family. The most common diseases that have frequently affected my family members are eye infection and diarrhoea, and all these are related to use of dirty water in the household.
I thank God for Trumpeter Community Health.”
Lily Poni (68) has five children and lives with her son’s family. During the day, Lily’s son and his wife go to work and she is left to take care of her grandchildren.
Where does your money go?
AID supports this work by providing salaries for the Trumpeter community health workers (some of whom are pictured above) as well as items such as water treatment tablets where needed. We also fund the drilling of boreholes.