As part of the overall plan to move things along slowly in the slum communities, we’ve had a lot of fun creating murals as an awareness raising tool. These two mural sets have been about how to make a Tip Tap (a simple hand-washer) and a Bag Garden (think vertical gro bag). As well as these instructions are key messages about the importance of hand hygiene and eating nutritious vegetables.
Before getting them painted, we surveyed households close by to see what their understanding was in these two areas. Some of the results were pretty eye opening. Here are a few:
– 34% of people had not eaten any fresh fruit in the last week – some hadn’t for months
– Only 1/3 of people eat 2 or more vegetable portions in a main meal
– A whopping 48% of Banda slum children had diarrhoea in the last 6 months. 33% of those, more than 4 times!
We’re now in the process of finding out how the murals affected people’s knowledge and attitudes, then we’ll being doing training at the mural sites on the techniques to see if we can help people to change what they do as well. So, here are the lovely murals, which are like mini oases of colour amongst the brown, grey and dust of the slums.