14 year old girl, Sarita Tamang is a grade 5 student of Shree Chandra Prabha Primary School, Kharanitar, Tadi Rural Municipality-4, Nuwakot. Born in an agricultural family, Sarita has five members in her family; a father, mother, older brother and a younger sister. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife. During the April 25, 2015 massive earthquake in Nepal, almost all the houses, water system, animal farm and other infrastructure of Nuwakot district had destroyed. Which placed the people of Nuwakot in risk of being affected by the water borne disease and other epidemics. Sarita and her family also suffered from the epidemic diseases problem during their stay in temporary shelter building after earthquake.
In August CarNetNepal in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse Nepal has organized one day training on ‘Hygiene & Sanitation’ between 45 students and on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ between 10 girl’s students of her school. During these trainings students were trained on the importance and methods of maintaining personal and community hygiene and the mensuration management.
Sarita being one of the trainee says, “Though we have learned in our course book about hygiene and sanitation, we have never taken them seriously. I feel blessed to see the practical ways of using hygiene kits, which I have only read in my course book.” She further says, “Before this training I used to think that being hygiene is to brush my teeth twice a day, wash my face, clean my hand before taking food and after toilet, take bath once a week etc but after participating in this training, I realized being hygiene is not only about oneself but also about the hygiene of people and community I am surrounded with.
Sarita is excited to put her learning into practices and teach her learning to her family members and other friends as well. “If we are concerned enough about the hygiene of oneself and the surroundings we are living in, we are able to resist the possible epidemics occurred from our unhygienic behavior and can create a health friendly community,” she says.