By: Komang, Junior High School Grade 1, 13 years old, Manikaji
Tuesday, 15 September 2015, I woke up at 06.00 AM. I directly washed my face and took my sickle to cut the grass in the farm. After full filling my basket with grass, I went home for feeding my cows. After that, I took the water from the water tank for taking a bath. It was not taking a long time until I was ready to go to school. Today, for my Empower class I’m going to posyandu1 in Bonyoh Hamlet2 with my friends to learn about posyandu.
When I arrived at school, the white car of EBPP was apparently there for picking the students. Some of my friends were waiting for me too. I ran to the car and sit on the back. On the way from school to the Ban Office I saw my other friends were waiting for the car on the roadside. The car took them to the Ban Office too.
At the office we were welcomed by the teachers. Before going to Bonyoh, they briefed us about what we have to do there. We were divided into groups that had different job. I was placed in playgroup. Besides, we were asked to do an interview to the mothers there about their baby’s health.
The red truck was coming, that was mean we have to go to Bonyoh immediately. Arrived at Bonyoh, we had breakfast first and then clean the surroundings from the plastic rubbish. The Posyandu is usually held in the balai banjar (community hall), so we prepared the entire requirement such as table, scale, height measurement, play group yard, etc. In a few minutes, one by one the mothers came with their baby. The posyandu was started by weighing the baby. The posyandu was very crowded. Some of the babies were crying when the cadre was weighing and measuring their height. We were divided into small groups to help the cadre in each activity while we learnt about it. There were some activities such as checking the weight, measuring the height and length, play group, awareness about health, and wound care. In play group, my job was to clean the baby’s hands and feet before they playing in the play group yard. Some of them were crying when I cleaned their hands. Then, my friend – in play group gave them a ball and toy and they stop crying.
In the posyandu, there were Cambodian people3 visited and learned with us. The teacher said that they came here to learn about EBPP activities such as posyandu. After all the activities were done, we shared nutritious green bean porridge to the mothers. That time was our opportunity to do the interview. I was really shy and afraid because I didn’t know them. Their face looked nervous and their voice was so loud. But, with the help of the teachers, I tried to interview them. Yes, their personality doesn’t like their appearance. I was wrong. They were very kind and they answered my questions patiently with smiles.
The posyandu activities were very tiring. After finishing them, we were dropped in the Ban Office to change the car because the truck could not reach our house. We were waiting for about 30 minutes for the car. While waiting we talked and discussed with the teachers about our activities at posyandu. Then the car came and took us to our house. Arrived at my house, I got car sick. I directly took a bath and sleep until night. That was a very a tiring and interesting experience.
- 1) Posyandu: is the monthly integrated health post for villages, designed to monitor and support pregnant and lactating mothers and infants 0-5 years old with immunisations, nutrition status checks, complete health checks and nutrition supplements.
- 2) Bonyoh: is one of the 27 posyandu in Ban village that EBPP, in partnership with the Government Puskesmas (Community Health Centre), facilitate each month. The reason our Manikaji students went to Bonyoh and not Manikaji posyandu is that the Manikaji posyandu could not be rescheduled to the Tuesday, which is our Manikaji school Empower scheduled day each week.
- 3) Cambodian People: Representatives of the Cambodian NGO, “Build your Future Today (BFT)”, spent 2 full days with EBPP on 15-16 September to learn about EBPP’s successful outreach health and education programmes to help improving their activities with impoverished villages in Northern Cambodia