Health Clubs Leaders Meet to Discuss Successes, Challenges, and a Way ForwardReported by Rebero Jean d'Amour, Story written by Amanda Mulder
On July 24, 2020, Water Project staff held a training for twenty-six hygiene clubs’ leaders to talk about the facilitation, formation and operation of hygiene clubs in all villages of Rukumberi sector. During the meeting, we discussed some of the successes of existing hygiene clubs, like holding monthly meetings, saving together to purchase medical insurance for vulnerable families, and building toilets for families in need. We also discussed the sources of challenges like changing leadership, lack of training for leaders, and the challenges of continuing work during COVID-19 lockdowns.
Finally, the group discussed a way forward for existing and planned hygiene clubs. We discussed ways to garner additional support from local leaders, how to create better organizational structures for clubs, and prioritizing messages about washing hands.