Friday, August 28, 2015

“Fetching Two Buckets of Water”- Extracts of Field Diary

During mid-August’15, I much enjoyed as UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste to make my first visit to Oe-Cusse, which is an enclave located 80 km west of contiguous East Timor, surrounded by Indonesian West Timor, comprising about 15 per cent of Timor-Leste’s territory.  Timor-Leste is the second youngest country in the world, and is faced with multiple  development challenges.  Nearly half of its population is younger than 18, and about 70 per cent of the population live in rural areas.

UNICEF Representative Desiree  Jongsma spend time with
 the students in the newly constructed school building of Escola 
Basica Filial Baocnana in Oe-Cusse. Leste/2015/Rbhusal

Wherever I worked for UNICEF - whether in Cambodia, India, Laos, North-Korea, Sierra Leone, and Sri Lanka, or now currently in Timor-Leste - visiting our work on the ground is very helpful to understand the challenges faced by our supported programmes. In particular, it helps me to better plan and monitor our concerted efforts towards contributing to an equity focused future for children and their families.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Washing hands in a group - an initiative to promote healthy hygiene practice in school

Children are lined up, approaching as a group to the handwashing facility set at the school yard before they have their midday meal at the Escola Basica Filial Vila Verde School. The six meter long tub with running water and soap hanged in front, provides access to the students to wash hands with soap.  The class teacher keeps an eye on that student’s maintained discipline and wash their hands with soap in an appropriate manner. This is an everyday scenario at the school now a days before mid-day meal. 

“The aim of the initiative is to improve health of the children in our school by introducing appropriate and affordable handwashing facility,” said Adelaide de Sá Benevides, 62, School Coordinator. This practice will not only protect children from the disease but also help them to develop safe hygiene practice in their everyday life,” she continued.