Working with a consortium of NGOs in Sierra Leone made up of Oxfam, Save the Children, Action Contre la Faim, Concern Worldwide and Goal, No Strings delivered a workshop in the capital Freetown in May this year focusing on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and solid waste. While we don’t have an Ebola film as yet, certain puppet techniques were adapted to allow facilitators to help children explore stigma, and how people who’ve survived Ebola are not a threat to communities.
Here, the workshop in pictures.
The Amazing Machine was first created for children in Haiti. Now also dubbed into Sierra Leonean Krio, the backdrop works perfectly in the Freetown context, a city sharing many physical characteristics – and, sadly, problems surrounding solid waste and diarrhoeal disease – with Port-au-Prince
Participants make a range of puppets that children can use to tell the story of how diarrhoea spreads – here, star of the show, Mr Poo Poo
Practice work bringing one of the good guys – Mr Soap – to life
Other puppet cast members: Hand, Mouth, Germ, Clean Water
Discussing health problems associated with solid waste through a model made of a local area. What realistic solutions might young people think of?
School visit: Bringing Mr Poo Poo to life!
Children create a shadow play about protection issues linked to WASH, and also Ebola and stigma
The shadow play as seen by the audience. The story these particular children created is about a child whose father has died of Ebola. The boy was rejected by other children until they were able to understand his bravery and need for friendship and support
A beautiful hand-made puppet – the Marvellous Mr Latrine!
Open the door…