HELP FROM CHILDREN

Children are everywhere. Whether you are running mobile clinics, holding training sessions, encouraging community meetings, meeting people – all around will be children. Sometimes irritating, sometimes distracting, but always curious to see something new. In our last issue, we were reminded of how rapidly the number of children in the world is increasing. In many low-income countries, children under 15 now make up half the entire population! Whatever kind of work we are involved in, we need to take time to consider how we could involve children more. They are the adults of tomorrow. As the Child-to-Child programme shows, they can play an important and effective role in changing things in their communities. 

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 4.

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  • Chella's Periwinkle

    “Don’t Forget the Periwinkle for Chella Devi!” This note is up on the notice-board to remind Monika to collect the leaves of the plant each Friday. It grows well outside our SHARE centre here in Mussoorie.

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  • 'Child to Child' resource

    These two pages have been compiled from Child-to-Child Activity Sheet No 6.5. Child-to-Child Activity Sheets are a resource for teachers, and health and community workers. They are designed to help children understand how to improve health in other children, their families, and their communities. Topics chosen are important for community health and suit the age, interests and experience of children. The text, ideas and activities may be freely adapted to suit local conditions.

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  • Children against the guinea worm

    The Child-to Child programme aims to help children to help each other. Children can be helped to discover the world in which they live and to realise that they are a group with a definite role to play in the community. The Child-to Child Trust provides teaching materials and ideas which encourage children and their teachers to learn about health living, through the use of questionnaires, discussions, stories and games. Together the children are encouraged to carry out practical projects, such ...

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  • Editorial

    Children are everywhere. Whether you are running mobile clinics, holding training sessions, encouraging community meetings, meeting people – all around will be children. Sometimes irritating, sometimes distracting, but always curious to see something new. In our last issue, we were reminded of how rapidly the number of children in the world is increasing. In many low-income countries, children under 15 now make up half the entire population! Whatever kind of work we are involved in, we need to ...

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  • Kamishbai

    Kamishibai is a portable wooden theatre invented and used in Japan about 200 years ago. The word Kamishibai means to provide drama with paper! It is a simple way of telling stories using pictures drawn on cards or sheets of paper, to small groups of people.

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  • Knotty problems

    Women in the rural Cajamarca area of Cuzco, Peru, have many traditional beliefs concerning pregnancy and birth. Some of these beliefs case real problems for health workers who are trying to improve health care in the area. For example:

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  • Letters

    Planning with love. The reformed Church of East Africa started an Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) in 1986 to respond to the pressing needs in the rural communities where the church serves. The pioneer programme was in agriculture, but we soon found that there was no way we could deal with a single problem and leave the others (health, income generation, etc) because all of them were interwoven together. Following the last issue, I thought I would share our experiences in family ...

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  • Resources

    Child-to-Child Material. These Activity sheets are produced by Child-to-Child as a resource for teachers, and health and community workers. They are designed as a resource for those wishing to introduce the Child-to-Child approach. They help children understand how to improve health in themselves, in other children, their families and their communities. They can be reproduced and adapted to suit local conditions. There are 27 activity sheets available which are grouped under various ...

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  • We know a child...

    “We know someone who is a teacher and a health worker. She looks after two children. One is four and one is two. She keeps them safe. She carries the little one and picks him up when he cries. She protects the bigger one from accidents. Yesterday, when the little girl went too near the stove, she scolded her. Today she helped her to cross the road and taught her how to watch for the cars.

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  • Working with children in agriculture

    Many of the ideas which Richard Franceys has suggested for involving children in improving water supplies and sanitation, could also be adapted to be used with agricultural work.

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  • Working with children in water supply and sanitation improvements.

    By Richard Franceys.   The provision of clean water for drinking, and the safe disposal of human waste, are vital for human health. The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has said that the number of water taps per 1,000 persons is a better indication of health in a country than the number of hospital beds.

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