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Nasiba: A Community Volunteer engaged for a clean environment in Ibb

Nasiba and the women of the village using the hanging trash bin.

By Rania Al-Zubairi, Communication for Development Officer, UNICEF Field Office in Ibb

Ibb, Yemen, 13 December 2018 – Nasiba is a UNICEF Community Volunteer and a great champion of environmental issues. The young woman comes from a small village of Asaddah district, in Ibb governorate. Back in April this year, she completed a Communication for Development (C4D) training organized by UNICEF and its partner on the ground, which helped her to get a better understanding of how to communicate with her community and make her messages about health and the environment more effective.

Nasiba gained strong skills on how to disseminate key messages to communities so they can be better prepared and protect themselves against epidemic diseases, such as cholera and diphtheria. “I have learned how to be brave and how to communicate with various community members. I also became more aware of the importance of voluntary work within the community,” Nasiba says.

At the end of the training, she immediately went back to her village to start engaging with her community members, through individual sessions and focus group discussions to raise awareness and promote sanitation and hygiene best practices.

Nasiba and a colleague cleaning the streets of their village.

But Nasiba didn’t stop here. She had a bigger dream to see the villagers acting to keep their environment clean and safe. After having talked to many of the women from her village, Nasiba took the lead on organizing regular clean-up campaigns around the neighborhood. Together, they developed the idea of the hanging trash bins and installed one in front of every house. The trash bin is made of local recycled materials and is a very practical solution to keep the environment green.

Children of the village learning how to use the hanging trash bin.

The training was offered by the Khadija Foundation for Development (KFD) in partnership with UNICEF. KFD has been UNICEF’s partner for the implementation of C4D activities since 2015.

Activities which are supporting many other young women like Nasiba have been funded by the United Kingdom, through its Department for International Development (DFID), which remains a key partner of UNICEF response in Yemen. From April 2016 to April 2018, DFID has been supporting an integrated 2-years Nutrition/Health/Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)/C4D Programme across the country, focusing on a community-based approach.



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