The Village Action Groups take part in practical tasks assigned to each family using locally available materials/resources. They are engaged in building simple latrines, a tippy tap for washing hands, a dish rack for keeping utensils clean and dry, a garbage system and a rubbish pit to improve homestead sanitation and health.
The groups are further encouraged to establish vegetable gardens or herb gardens at their homestead near a water source and to reduce the amount of mosquitoes by cutting grass, eliminating pools of still water, and planting Artemisia.
Besides that, together in groups families find ways to grow a variety of crops to mitigate the consequences of climate change and are assisted to make a vegetable plot to secure food for the family in case of draught.
For many, making use of local materials do not only makes it easier for the families to complete their activities but also helps them to tap into their local knowledge.
During the actions the families made;
- 665 dish racks in family kitchens
- 546 tippy tap handwashing systems
- 523 garbage pits
- 74 latrines at family homesteads
In 2018 the Child Aid projects worked with 1,063 families in Omusati and in Ohangwena regions