Zeeshan had once been an active student in his class, but his frequent absences due to poor health had left him physically and mentally weak. His grades suffered, and he neglected basic hygiene habits, such as keeping his nails clean and washing his hands before meals.
After the flood, the ITA team stepped in with the “Recovery of Foundational Learning: Flood Response in Sindh” program. They distributed Health and Hygiene kits to damaged schools and conducted hygiene sessions to address urgent needs.
During these sessions, the ITA team demonstrated the proper use of the kits and emphasized the importance of hygiene in improving one’s quality of life. The school’s teacher had shared her concerns about students falling ill due to stagnant water and poor hygiene practices in the area. Many students came to school with dirty clothes, unwashed faces, and uncombed hair. They also ate without washing their hands, leading to various health issues.
ITA understood that merely providing kits was not enough. They had to educate the children on how to use them effectively and raise awareness about the significance of maintaining good health and hygiene to prevent illnesses.
The teacher ensured that every student, including Zeeshan, attended these sessions. Children actively participated in demonstrations, learning how to wash their hands properly, keep their hair clean, and maintain oral hygiene. They all promised to cut their nails weekly, clean and comb their hair daily, and brush their teeth regularly.
A month later, the para-teacher shared Zeeshan’s photo, showing his commitment to change. He now attended school regularly, washed his hands before meals, kept his nails clean, and took charge of keeping his classroom clean.