During 2019, The Maa Trust team trained sixteen schools and seventeen communities in the Maasai Mara on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
Training undertaken in schools is having a dramatic impact to address these issues. Both genders participate in the sessions, which are led by both men and women. This has helped to make the boys understand that menstruation is natural and is something that they should understand and openly talk about. Their participation and eagerness to understand has helped to comfort the girls.
Community based WASH training workshops include the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach which aims to address open defecation by alerting the residents to the risk of transmission of diseases associated with poor hygiene and encouraging them to build toilets at their homesteads as well as observing the general hygiene measures. After training, communities work towards becoming open-defecation free, by every homestead having a latrine. We are also currently conducting pilots using reusable sanitary pads.
By the Numbers
pupils trained in WASH and MHM
community members trained in WASH, CLTS and MHM
communities working to become open-defecation free