Stories from EBPP students: Practicing community health activities at Posyandu so I can Empower my community

Door: Komang, Junior High School Grade 1, 13 jaar, Manikaji

km arthana manikajiTuesday, 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. Vandaag, for my Empower class I’m going to posyandu1 in Bonyoh Hamlet2 with my friends to learn about posyandu.

Toen ik aankwam op 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.

De rode vrachtwagen kwam, dat was de gemiddelde moeten we onmiddellijk naar Bonyoh. Aangekomen bij Bonyoh, We hadden het ontbijt en vervolgens het reinigen van de omgeving van het plastic afval. De IHC wordt meestal in het banjo hall (gemeenschapshuis), zodat we de hele eis bereid, zoals tafel, schaal, hoogtemeting, play groep yard, etc. In een paar minuten, één voor één kwamen de moeders met hun baby. De posyandu werd gestart door het wegen van de baby. De posyandu was erg druk. Sommige van de kinderen huilden toen de cadre werd wegen en meten hun hoogte. 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. Ja, their personality doesn’t like their appearance. I was wrong. They were very kind and they answered my questions patiently with smiles.

De posyandu activiteiten waren erg vermoeiend. Na hen afwerking, we waren in de Office Ban viel op de auto te veranderen, omdat de truck ons ​​huis niet konden bereiken. We wachtten voor ongeveer 30 minuten voor de auto. Tijdens het wachten we praatten en besproken met de docenten over onze activiteiten op posyandu. Toen kwam de auto en nam ons mee naar ons huis. Aangekomen bij mijn huis, Ik kreeg auto ziek. Ik nam direct een bad en slapen tot 's avonds. Dat was een zeer vermoeiende en een interessante ervaring.

 

Aantekeningen:

  1. 1) IHC: is de maandelijkse geïntegreerde gezondheidspost voor dorpen, ontworpen om toezicht te houden en te ondersteunen zwangere en zogende moeders en zuigelingen 0-5 jaar oud met vaccinaties, voedingsstatus controles, volledige health checks en voedingssupplementen.
  2. 2) Bonyoh: is een van de 27 posyandu in Ban dorpje dat EBPP, in samenwerking met de regering PHC (Community Health Centre), maandelijks bevorderen. De reden dat onze Manikaji studenten ging naar Bonyoh en niet Manikaji posyandu is dat de Manikaji posyandu niet kon worden verplaatst naar dinsdag, which is our Manikaji school Empower scheduled day each week.
  3. 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
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