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Introducing a member of the Community Hygiene Promoter

He is Mr. Tarjadin, 22 years old, living in the camp where JEN is working. He is an IDP from Sinjar area in Kurdistan.

[Mr. Tarjadin]

Mr. Tarjadin incurred a disability in his leg due to medical malpractice when he was a child and has been using a cane ever since. In spite of his disability, he actively conducts tent-to-tent visits for hygiene promotion, participates in cleaning day in the camp and attends meetings for Community Hygiene Promotion.

The camp is not an easy place for people with disabilities to live because of its hills and the graveled roads. In addition, the camp is fairly large and it does not provide convenient transportation.

JEN staff asked him the reason he is so active and the reason why he wanted to be a Community Hygiene Promoter. He answered “I wanted to give advice to people and support people. There was no volunteer group in my hometown, but this kind of volunteerism is necessary to protect health of people who are living in the camp. In addition, I like this volunteer work.”

JEN staff asked another question: did you feel any change after conducting tent-to-tent hygiene promotion, to which he answered, “I think before tent-to-tent visit, people used water for cleaning tents and washing cars even though water scarcity was reported in some areas. In addition, I saw a lot of children walking outside without shoes. After hygiene promotion, I feel those behaviors have been reduced.”

Community Hygiene Promoters consist of around 50 male and female volunteers.
JEN will continue to facilitate such behavior in spreading proper hygiene practice in the camp.

[Cleaning Day in the camp]

【JEN is now accepting donations. Your help would be very much appreciated.

October 15, 2015 in Iraq |