STEP 1: IDENTIFY THE GOAL
Aid isn't enough to keep a community healthy. We call our approach The Bucket Theory:
STEP 2: IDENTIFY THE OBSTACLES
These four holes – medical care, education, economic opportunity, and clean water – are what we believe to be the pillars of a sustainably healthy community. All of our efforts are made in order to bolster these four pillars. Here's how we do it:
Wamuini was without an accessible health facility; the nearest one was over an hour away on foot. Making the trip would often mean sacrificing a day’s wages or time at school, in addition to money reserved for food, water, or education.
ASH built a health center–with a clinic and laboratory–and trained local staff to design and implement high-quality health care services for the community.
Today, our health center offers primary care services, medicine, immunizations, laboratory testing, maternal-child health services, HIV testing and counseling, and outreach services.
ASH staff provide comprehensive health education to the community. Health education sessions are held at our health center, in local schools, and out in the community via mobile clinics.
We cover vital topics like malaria prevention, handwashing, nutrition, breastfeeding, and family planning.
ASH provides vocational training programs for members of our community, with a focus on young women and girls.
Our vocational training school offers a six month sewing and tailoring course, as well as computer training courses.
ASH also organizes a community-led group savings and loan system, which provides small loans to members of our community at a low interest rate.
There is an urgent need for potable water in Wamuini. ASH is currently developing a comprehensive project that aims to provide accessible sources of clean water to the community, improve sanitation, and create jobs through the maintenance of these systems.
In addition, the health center is working to provide quality prevention and treatment of diarrheal diseases caused by contaminated water.