Achieving sustainable environmental practices has been extremely challenging for local communities. Indeed with so many other pressing issues such as poor health (including sexual health rights and HIV/AIDS), inadequate access to water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), maternal and child death and disability and inadequate local government structures it is hard to ensure it is viewed as a priority matter. However unsustainable practices such as the extraction of natural resources results in widespread negative impacts that are interlinked with the aforementioned issues such as high rates of diseases, harming the continued supply of natural resources, environmental degradation and pressure on species biodiversity.
Peace for Conservation is a pioneering organization that strives to empower the local community to manage their natural resources effectively whilst addressing health and environmental issues.
WATER SANITATION & HYGIENE (WASH)
The lack of adequate Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) facilities is a key public issue especially in rural areas. Indeed WASH has been identified as the focus area that can potentially maximize improvements to health, life and many other key issues of development, Access to safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene education can reduce illness, death, and can also alleviate poverty and enhance social economic development
Lack of WASH can even prevent students from attending school; impose a burden on women and diminishing their future potential & productivity. Peace for Conservation will and provide support on the following WASH areas:
- Raise awareness of the importance of WASH in the community and school compounds
- Provide health education to children on hygiene and sanitation and to educate and encourage hand washing before and after toilet use.
- In collaboration with school development committees facilitate all aspects of the installation of toilets in schools hence reducing diseases among children associated with open defection and implementing solid waste management initiatives.
- In collaboration with school development committees facilitate construction of hygienic water harvesting and storage.
- Developing community based water projects ensuring local communities benefit from access to clean water.
- Sensitization of the community to reducing open latrine usage
SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH & RIGHT (SRHR)
Education of Sexual Reproductive Health &Right (SRHR) for remote areas along side with protected areas (P.A’s) has been granted in schools.This has opened up opportunities for school children and youth to be educated in; their development into adulthood, general sex education so they can protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. This is a much needed area of support since there is a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection across young adults in the community. Further sexual health education can reduce unwanted pregnancies, birth complications due to pregnancies of young females, school dropout, and rapid population increases. Indeed, the aforementioned are currently common challenges facing youth due to previous and current inadequate SRH&R education.
- Facilitate factual and appropriate information to youth on SRH&R
- Support the implementation of Sexual Reproductive Health Right (SRHR)
- Awareness campaign that is ‘user friendly’ and that the information/ material is accessible to all that includes;
- An accessible & friendly service HIV/AIDS awareness campaign based on “Abstain, be faithful, and use a condom”
- TV Show related with HIV/AIDS, SRH&R and WASH for both school children and the wider community.