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SRDE is a non profit making, non- governmental organization whose programs and activities centers on building a  global healthy society where all men and women are fully empowered and developed, with special focus on rural population of the poor nations of Africa, Asia and South America.

Total Sanitation Campaign and Hygiene Education (TSCHE)

Why the TSCHE initiative?

According to the latest report of WHO, around 1.1 billion people globally do not have access to improved water supply sources, whereas 2.45 billion people do not have access to any type of sanitary facility.  In Africa in particular, where more than half of the population live in squalid, unhealthy enviroment the situation is bizare.

 In South Africa alone, according to the National Sanitation Draft White Paper, an estimated 21 Million South Africans do not have access to adequate sanitary facilities, with 7.67 million of these within the urban area, while some 2 million still have to rely on the bucket system which, from the health perspective is generally not acceptable.  14.1 million People (85% of the population), being a rough estimate of the total rural dwellers, do not have access to sanitation services.

If the case is like this in South Africa, which is considered advanced in development among countries in Africa, then imagine the situations in countries like Nigeria, Sudan, Rwanda and other third world poor nations, including India in Asia. Estimates suggest that nearly 65% of India’s population defecate in the open, resulting to 250,000 metric tons of human excreta per day poured into public water bodies, generating pathogens.

Almost all the major killer diseases are directly linked to sanitation and water factors accounting to 80% of global mortality and morbidity rate. Diarrhea alone is estimated to lead to the death of more than 2 million people, especially in Africa annually, most of them women and children, and the rural poor. Gwatkin and Guillot (1999) believe that diarrhea accounts for 11% of all death in the poorest 20% of all countries.

Trachoma, which is an infection due to poor sanitation and bathing with infected water accounts for the total blindness of more than 6 million people globally.

The Nature of the TSCHE initiative

SRDE Africa is presently unfolding one of its grand projects designed to improve the lives of the million poor population affected by the above threats  from the grassroot, with Africa as its primary base. The project was born out of the believe that the impact of safe water, sanitation and hygiene development culture on the quality of life is beyond what human words can capture.This has made the SRDE Africa to initiate urgent practical steps that will go beyond proactive advocacy and campaigning  to impact peoples lives at all level, especial the young, the poor and the vulnerable.

Tagged ‘Total Sanitation Campaign and Hygiene Education(TSCHE)’, this model project has the prospects of  a ‘local content fast track initiative’ at its first phase , and the prospects of an ‘Interventionist programme’ at its second phase, with a very broad approach to accommodate the varied needs of all intended target groups.

As a  Local Content Fast Track Initiative

As a local content fast track initiative the TSCHE project musters available resources and aids from partners to carry out a ‘Catch Them Young’ programme aimed at educating and re-orienting the young population on the critical issues of sanitation, hygiene and safe water ,using relevant teaching and social interaction modules that present teaching and learning on sanitation and hygiene in a way very fun and less formal .

Tools and techniques ranging from focus group discussion, ranking, maping, diagramatic representations and  data analysis, case study and archetype analysis, direct observation and pilot project sample analysis, and psychobehaviourial analysis for peer groups are the basic tools and techniques used by SRDE Africa to get the best of the TSCHE initiative.  Here,school children are primary target groups.

Using simple mechanisms of clubs and cluster communities in schools, SRDEAfrica brings young people togather to help them achieve, through peer interaction, four basic things which include:

  • To help them establish a strong bond among themselves that will help them acquire a sense of collective responsibility towards the global health crises.
  • to give them a strong sense of belonging in the TSCHE crusade that will help them to personalise the TSCHE  advocacy and make it a lifestyle and culture.
  • to give them  a strong sense of stakeholding that will make their voices heard globally, so as to achieve the desired long term effects of the TSCHE advocacy through the young people.
  • to give them  unlimited access to available opportunities that will transform  them into change agents for tomorrow’s society on critical issues of sanitation and hygiene as they affect global health, in accordance with the prime objective of the TSCHE as designed by SRDEAfrica.  

The Partners for Change Club (CPC)

In schools, SRDEAfrica partners with school and education  authorities, especially third world countries, to organise series of  special ‘Catch Them Young’ TSCHE  re-orientation programmes for the young students on steady basis using relevant materials and necessary peer incentives that will drive the needed points home and help the young people to acquire the TSCHE culture in a way that offers peer fun, thereby transforming them into ever willing  proactive  agents of change.

To ensure maximum commitment through peer bond and peer interaction, the young people and their  teachers are granted free lifetime  membership into the SRDEAfrica’s PC Club through a willfully accepted induction ceremony with attendant benefits. Each school has its own independent club that joins other PC clubs in other schools within the same neighbourhood to form SRDEAfrica’s Cluster Communities.

The prime objective of the clubs and cluster communities concept  is to create a global forum that will help SRDEAfrica and its partners to engage the young people all over the globe positively, creatively and actively in conversation, and to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge that will help them to contribute meaningfully to the TSCHE initiative and affect the lives of those within their immediate environments.

By its clubs and cluster communities, SRDEAfrica is building a very powerful global network that will bring millions of the world’s young people  togather under one forum inorder to tap into their creative potential to change the world arround them through the TSCHE initiative.

As members of the CP Club, the young people  are exposed to many opportunities including Seminar programmes, Training Of Trainers(TOT) programmes and other capacity building programmes that bring them togather with fellow young people from arround the globe to  network  creative, workable and relevant ideas to solve the world’s biggest problem. Adult members of the PC Club are designated ‘Custodians’, with the responsility of overseeing the activities of the young people within their immediate enviroments.

As an Interventionist Programme

As an interventionist programme, SRDEAfrica in collaboration with its development partners through the TSCHE initiative undertakes series of intervention initiatives aimed at alleviating the sufferings  and changing the conditions of people, especially in poor countries, where a greater percentage of the population are impoverished, and lack access to good sanitory facilities and safe water,  and as a result they are exposed to the disease burden associated with the  problem. This is a community oriented programme with the rural poor, the women and children as primary target groups.

In cases of severe sanitory and water  related disease outbreak, SRDE partners  with other  development partners to  offer remedies through its TSCHE intervention programme.

Under this programme SRDEAfrica partners with communities and governments  to address  issues of pollution, improper waste disposal, and water problems that threaten their dailly survival, through advocacy, sensitisation and awareness creation programmes aimed at getting both the government, the people and development partners involved in tackling the problems.

Awareness Programme

Through its awareness  programmes SRDEAfrica allerts concerned authorities and the people of existing threats to human and environmental health as it relates to sanitation, hygiene and water.

Sensitisation Programme

Through its  sensitisation programmes SRDEAfrica educates the people on critical issue of hygiene, sanitation and safe water, as they affect public health and safety,and goes further to equip the people with necessary skills and knowledge  on how to handle their immediate problems before or in the absence of external intervention.

Advocacy Programme

Through its advocacy programmes SRDEAfrica campaigns actively against apparent negligence and failure of government and concerned authorities to  respond promptly to critical situations as they relate to sanition, hygiene and water issues. The advocacy programme focuses on the fundamental right of the poor and the vulnerable, to access basic amenities and service delivery as made available by the government and development partners.                                                                                           

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