Faisal, 12, has made a big difference to his community through various awareness raising activities. By getting his friends, relatives and neighbours involved in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related activities, he has helped improve the health of people in his rural home located in Bangladesh.
Hopes for the future
Faisal hopes that one day his village will have ‘a nice clean environment’ with no open defecation or dirty toilets. He wants his community to maintain their toilets properly, wash their hands with soap after using the toilet, and use pits to manage their waste. He would also like to have clean classrooms at his school along with functioning latrines and water points.
To make this happen, Faisal formed a children’s group with students from his school and children from his village who had dropped out of school.
I have a dream that my village will one day be an ideal place to live and everyone here will be healthy
The children’s group, led by Faisal, regularly visit all the household latrines in his village to check if they are being used properly and being kept clean. The group also organise hand washing training sessions in different locations around their village where they explain the importance of good hygiene practices and demonstrate how to use soap to wash their hands.
With the support of Plan International, Faisal has also organised several rallies with his fellow students and created motivational posters promoting the benefits of good hygiene and keeping sanitation facilities clean.
Hygiene conditions in his village have vastly improved since the group started their work. Latrines are now being properly maintained and cleaned and people are now regularly washing their hands. Cases of diarrhoea, dysentery, and waterborne diseases have reduced significantly.
‘I am very happy to be involved in this activity. I have a dream that my village will one day be an ideal place to live and everyone here will be healthy’, Faisal says.