Last week Kito Onlus organized a one-day Training of Trainers in San Fernando on the use of the training manual to be then transferred to the direct beneficiaries of our project. A total of 18 Barangay Health and Wellness Volunteers attended the training.
For the most part, BHW Volunteers were well-versed and have had a wide experience on giving information on the contents of the manual but the training has been a good venue to verify information provided in the manual compared to what they actually encourage in the community. For example, the restroom should be 25 meters away from the water source; the best age for a woman to bear a child starts at 20; and complementary feeding starts at 6-8 months. Some topics, such as STD and HIV/AIDS, are something that they know by principle but are not very familiar with because these cases are openly discussed in their community.
Citing their feedback that there is a lack of awareness from the community on this issue, they find this a good topic to discuss especially among young people. Most importantly, the training also gave them new information, such as the different methods of treating drinking water, hand washing and injury prevention. In return, we learned about what is most applicable to them, i.e. water source for barangay Sagayad and Santiago Sur are deep and dug wells where they install hand pumps. We hence provided them with chlorine to treat water from these wells. For this reason, the Tippy Tap is a “technology” (as they call it) that they found really interesting and applicable in their communities.
The participation of barangay health workers (BHWs) from the neighbor area of Santiago Sur also added value to the diversity of discussions. The insights drawn from their experience in their own community emphasized similarities with the situations encountered by BHWs in Sagayad. Specifically, this includes common diseases, family planning, nutrition and sanitation issues in the community, and the kind of response that they extend as BHWs.
Next week this training will be delivered for the first time to our direct recipients, namely the most vulnerable and insecure people living in the city of San Fernando.