The community in Maloma began their DESIGN training on June 7th and the process is on-going. They have collectively chosen a priority: “Children need to be protected from diseases related to open defecation,” and the whole community is very enthusiastic about learning how to accomplish this goal.
Jonathan Momoh, a Community Action Group (CAG) volunteer, said, “I have now realized that because our village is located on a hill, during the raining season all streams around the community are contaminated with human feces that is washed down by erosion.”
He also said that the training has helped him understand that most solutions to problems are found within their community—they only need to utilize their own resources.
When research about the surrounding area was presented to the CAG, volunteer Emmanuel Kombay remembered OVP’s facilitation about the interconnectedness of wellbeing. He thought of Kanga, a small settlement about 200 meters away, where the children of Maloma attend school.
In Kanga, people use the streams as their main water source, but as the rains wash down feces and contaminate the water, dangerous diseases like cholera are more likely to affect the community—including the schoolchildren from Maloma. Emmanuel realized that sharing the safe water from the Maloma well with those in Kanga would be beneficial for everyone’s wellbeing.
OVP’s teachings helped the community understand how wellbeing is comprised of several different components—if any one factor is weakened, all wellbeing can suffer. This holistic approach has inspired communities to unite, because we are stronger and healthier together.