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06/30/2016

JEN’s Hygiene Education Program

Most of the children in the community were always getting sick, they always affected from diarrhea, cold and many other diseases. The reason is community use of open defecation, not washing hand with soap regularly, open water sources often contaminated by animals or by students and villagers themselves and a lack of understanding about basic hygiene practices and health.

The importance of hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many diseases. When the kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth and once they are infected, it's time the whole family comes down with the same illnesses.
JEN has provided three days Hygiene training for teachers through teachers to their students and families to increase the knowledge of students and communities regarding the importance of hygiene in life like hygiene of water, Personal hygiene, Environmental hygiene and Food hygiene.

[A view of the teachers during JEN Hygiene Education]
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[Teachers while practically washing hands with soap during Hygiene Education]
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In these three days training teachers learned enough about hygiene education. One of the teachers expressed his happiness and said that the program was very interesting and useful. I appreciate JEN for organizing such training. He said that we did not take care of our personal hygiene before; we took it easy although it was so important.

A female teacher added that we learned about hygienic and unhygienic food. The unhygienic food can put our life at risk. Food hygiene is essential to ensure that the food our family eats is safe because we cannot see germs. Correct food storage and preparation is necessary to keep food safe and to help our family against germs. So we need to make sure our kitchen and the foods are safe and everything is protected from germs. It is important to wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water before cooking foods.

She said that besides practicing these messages in our daily lives our commitment with JEN is to transfer these HE messages to our students, inspire them to practice these messages and in the end emphasize them to transfer these messages to their families and community which is the main purpose of JEN’s Hygiene Education training to teachers.

[A view of female teacher while interviewing]
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During student’s hygiene education PRE-KAP survey a teacher said observing of personal hygiene play positive role in our student life, if our students take care of personal hygiene, wash hand with soap properly, know the time of teeth brushing, so it could rescue them from the diseases.

It is mentionable that JEN’s Hygiene Education training for teachers covered 748 teachers of 30 schools in Charikar who are going to teach the Hygiene Education messages to their students during next 6 months.
During this 6 month teaching process JEN will have a 3 time monthly monitoring of students Hygiene Education activities. A student’s POST-KAP survey and Door to Door survey of students household will be conducted in the end of the Hygiene Education program to show Hygiene Education program impact on students, on their families and community.

[A student during PRE-KAP survey with JEN Field staff]
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June 30, 2016 in Afghanistan |