Village Health Improvement
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Info about the Village Health Improvement
This project consists of three initiatives:
Pepiniere (tree farm): This project entails planting a variety of tree seedlings (Moringa, Papaya, Mango, Baobab, Acacia) in plastic seedling bags (approximately 300). We will designate a villager’s concession to fence in the seedlings until they are mature enough to be transplanted. Once the trees are large enough, the trees will be dispersed throughout the village, with the villagers responsible for building a barrier around each tree. The trees will eventually help to provide shade, combat desertification and provide nutritious food for the villagers.
Well Improvement: This project will consist of two metal pulley system frames to be placed on each of the two wells in the villages. The frames placed on the lip of each well will greatly reduce the likelihood of someone falling into the well, improve sanitation by having somewhere to place the well bucket other than on the ground, prevent the rope’s slack from landing on the dirty ground surrounding the well, and benefit the women as the pulleys will greatly reduce friction and make pulling water much easier. In addition, well covers will be placed over the mouths of both wells in order to keep debris from falling into the wells.
Healthy Foods Mural: This project involves cementing a wall and painting a mural with a variety of healthy foods on the side of a villager’s store located in the center of the village. This will be followed by community lessons on the importance of eating vitamin and protein rich foods.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.