Hill tribe sanitation and water supply project
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Where There Is No Doctor
Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
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For decades the villagers use bushes around for toilets and the local animals, pigs, chickens, dogs come along to consume the human waste in the bushes around. Through contact with and consumption of those animals for food, the communities contracted killer germs, parasites, worms, ticks, bacterias, and virus that destroy the communities physically, mentally as well as spiritually.
When our first bamboo hut clinic was set up in a village 10 years ago, the majority of cases we came across are illnesses related to low sanitation and poor water supply. Diarrhea cases were among that kill younger ones and destroy the communities the most. There is at least two deaths in each family in the communities and these are the causes of mortality among infants and young children. Water-borne diseases and sicknesses related to low sanitation mortality is the highest and it is 85% of all cases seen in the village clinics.
Water is another big issue in the communities. There was and still no running water in some villages. The villagers use rainwater in wet season and the rest of the year they use spring water in the hills. Villagers especially boys and girls walk long distance per day to fetch spring water up in the hills. Their early years have been spent fetching water and school is far away from their dreams. Washing and body's cleanliness are scarcely done. One of the many instances that come to our memories vividly is that one day we, Dr David and his volunteers, walked up and downs the hills for about 2 kilometers to take a shower in the springs. Deadly germs in the human waste are collected in dirty hands which then turn to breading ground for germs. Meals are prepared by the dirty hands and the contaminated food and water are then consumed by the family members, volunteers, trekkers, and tourists. The deadly germs are then spread in the communities and civilized societies through diarrheas and dysenteries. Hungers, malnourished children and younger ones are vulnerable to the deadly germs and are killed. The local Thai hospitals are overcrowded with sick hill tribes and the diseases are spread to local Thai societies. A lot of volunteers who come to help the communities got sick by eating foods prepared by the host families. The deadly germs, parasites and worms, then travel overseas for thousands of miles with tourists, trekkers, missionaries and volunteers who come to the hill-tribe communities on different purposes. The deadly diseases are then spread out to the rest of the world.
Diseases and sufferings are endless to say and decades after decades the communities are suffering from those easily preventable illnesses due to poverty, lack of knowledge and information, which is very understandable and acceptable for uneducated communities like these ones. However, sufferings and agonies of the communities decades after decades due to corruptions of the NGOs, donor's unawareness of, and grant maker's strict rules and regulations to the local community unregistered organization is quite a shame.
With the help from you we, Where There Is No Doctor, are here to help solve the communities's sufferings and civilized world's as a whole. With ten year of experiences in the communities and around local NGOs, we finally come up with this idea that funding is not all that we need honesty, hard working, sincerity and genuineness of the recipient organization counts the most. On the other hand funding to the dishonest organization only end up making more damage to the poor and needy communities.
The most important part of this project is reaching to the unreached, forgotten, shunned, and marginalized communities. We will search, find and reach every single left out family and we will make sure no one is left behind unreached. We will meet the underlying cause that destroying the communities physically as well as mentally.
We will meet the underlying cause by installing sanitation and clean running water supply in the villages. We will build more and more toilets and water supply systems in the remote villages and unreached hill-tribe communities. Installation of water supply and sanitations not only cease illnesses but also help villagers with small scale agriculture, fisheries and backyard vegetable gardening, which directly combat malnutrition and increase source of incomes of the communities.
The result, outcome and success will be monitored by village clinics where we exam patients and do blood and stool tests, scanning for worms and parasites. In villages where proper sanitations and well planned water supplies are done, much less or only a couple of water-borne diseases and illnesses related to low sanitation are seen in our daily village clinics, and much less worms and parasites are shown in stool tests. The result is very promising and the success is on-going process as most of the villages continue to improve in health and wealth.
The principal purpose of the project to improve water supply and sanitation is to improve health in the hill-tribe communities. On the other hand, the mere provision of water and sanitation infrastructure will not, in itself, improve health. To get the maximum benefit out of an improved water supply and sanitation infrastructure, people need to be supported with information that will enhance these benefits. This form of information is called hygiene education. Hygiene promotion and education provides people with information that they can use to change their behavioral patterns in order to improve their health.
Hygiene promotion and education is not about coercion, but about bringing change in the behavior patterns of people, to make them aware of the diseases related to unhygienic practices, poor water supply and improper sanitation. It forms an integral part of any water and sanitation development program.
- the improvement of the quality of the existing supplies (protection of the sources being the first consideration);
- the improvement of the availability of water to the community (both reliability and accessibility);
- community involvement (acceptability) and commitment;
- the improvement of public health;
- the improvement of the living standards of the community;
- the development of local technical, financial and administrative skills; and
- the improvement of the economic potential of the community (e.g. small-scale agriculture; fisheries and backyard vegetable gardening).
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