Real lives

Real lives


Water, sanitation and hygiene

Two friends serve as ambassadors of hygiene in a rural community
Lunch had been consumed and all chores completed. Eighteen year-old Jay Secka informed her mother that she was going to hold her weekly hygiene awareness session with other young people in her village.

CLTS: You cannot put a price on good sanitation and hygiene
With the wellbeing of 10 children, several grandchildren and an entire village to be concerned about, it was not surprising therefore that the alikalo of Kayanga village eagerly lead his people into adopting a much healthier way of life.

Motherhood: a motivating factor for good sanitation and hygiene practices
Mbombeh Secka lay her sleeping daughters, twin toddlers -Adama and Awa, on the bed before moving away to start preparing the evening meal.

Protecting children from diseases and environmental dangers through open defecation abandonment.
It was a warm evening in the Fula village of Jakoto, in the Central River Region (CRR) of The Gambia, and 9-year-old Abby Sallah found a clump of bushes just outside the village to ease herself because there was no toilet at home.

Religion encourages cleanliness” – One woman’s drive to eradicate open defecation in her village
“Religion encourages good health and cleanliness. As Muslims, we must do what is right!” These words have been spoken many times by 50-year-old Fatoumatta Jallow, a mother of seven children from the Fula village of Sare Sofie.

The greatest teachers: Mothers promoting health and hygiene in the household
Three-year-old Adama Hawa Barry and her seven-year-old sister, Fatoumatta Barry, are shining examples of children who are disciplined in exercising good hygiene and sanitation practices, thanks to the interventions of their mother, Isatou Jallow.

Young people call for the abandonment of open defecation
In The Gambia’s Upper River Region, in the Fula village of Sare Birom, 16-year-old Giby Kandeh a grade 5 drop-out, worked endlessly beside other young men in the village to support the construction of improved latrines for those who could not afford to do

Empowering young women for hygiene promotion
Only 20-years-old, Fatoumatta Jarra from the tiny Bambara village of Sami, in the Central River Region of The Gambia, shifted uncomfortably as her father, the village head, encouraged her to attend a training on good sanitation and hygiene practices.

Adolescents: The new agents of change
It is the crack of dawn and the orange sun is just starting to peek out from behind the horizon, casting its golden glow over the waking village of Balo Omar, which is situated in the district of Sabach Sanjal in the North Bank Region of The Gambia.

Regaining their dignity: Sanitation in times of flooding
Fanta Jabbie, a mother and grandmother in her mid-fifties, smiled proudly and happily as she stared out into the far corner of her compound.

Safe water prevents diarrhoea
About two years ago, Maimouna Jallow (Maie), 32, lived with her family of four – a husband and three children – in a one room hut made of mud and thatch in the village of Sakoli Kunda, in the Upper River Region.



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