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Happy new year!

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Here's wishing all members a wonderful new year. I see my entry on empowering rural women has generated a lot of vibrant comments last year. Sorry I couldn't respond to these comments cos I was out of reach in terms of internet access. I will try my best in the next few days. It's great just being heard so I guess the pulse wire is a great tool for women working in undeveloped communities and others get to hear our voice and our issues too. That itself to my mind, is a great thing! Incidentally, Corrie, OCEAN has been asked to build the capacity of those 1000 women employed sanitary officers for effective service delivery in the New year we start training in a few weeks. Equally, the commissioner has asked me to present a proposal on what can be done throughout the year to keep sanitation on the front burner in the state. I have drafted a few activities but I would welcome any bright ideas from the members who are interested in helping out so I can include it in my draft. Once again I look forward to a wonderful working year and cheers to everyone.

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Jensine's picture

Happy New Year to You, Mary!

Dear Mary -
On behalf of all of us at World Pulse, here's wishing you an incredible year beyond your wildest dreams. It is a joy to have your voice a part of this growing community and I can't wait to follow your journey and important works for rural women. I know you will inspire many on this site and beyond.

This is great news about OCEAN for the 1,000 women and your proposal. I know there are many women in sanitation and water on this site & I bet if you posted this call in the water group we could generate some good input and feedback for you.

A big hug -

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

Maria Jett's picture

1000 Women...

Wow, that's great!

I'm curious, Mary... how is the training coming along? When you get the time, I would love to know more about how you're working and what the outcomes are.

In partnership,

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

(Although I am part of the World Pulse team, my opinions are my own.)

ila's picture

please tell me about your name.

It sounds like you are an amazing woman with many stories to tell. May I please ask you to go to my journal and make a comment on "Say my Name..."? I would like to know the story of your beautiful name. Thank you.

Mary Omble Wuya's picture

Say my name....?

Thanks Ila for wanting to know about my name, well in Nigeria most ethnic groups have names they give to their children depending on the what's happening when they were born. For instance, during a cultural festival, rainy season ( that's the farming season right about now) although due to climate change we are holding our breath and waiting for the rains, already there is a scare about food shortages already.Back to the issue at hand, names well some would name their children based on the day of the week she /he was born on a Monday she would be called Tani that's Hausa translation for Monday for a female! but my middle name "omble" is an ethnic name for a twin cos I am a twin! I have a twin brother. So people from my place, when the hear my name they immediately know I am a twin. And people in Nigeria are highly superstitious about twins as they say two is better than one!

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

How goes it?

Mary,

Happy belated New Year! How is your project for training 1,000 women on sanitation going? We would love to hear about your progress. I think you will have many lessons and successes to share!

All my best,
Jennifer Ruwart, Chief Operating Officer, World Pulse
(Although I am part of the World Pulse team, the opinions I express on PulseWire are my own.)

Well, so far so good our training with the women was okey, you know social research findings have said that several countries across Africa especially sub Saharan Africa where Nigeria falls in, may not be able to meet the MDG target on sanitation.But I think the way the women have taken the issue of sanitation seriously, if the government sustains the pace we just might be one of the states in Nigeria who will meet the target. Although talking to some of the women since they have been on the field, several of them have complained that people are so stubborn about throwing trash around the environment. Some of the women told me that they have been harassed sometimes by some people(men and women) who obviously complained saying; what's the point of worrying people about trash and turning the city into a green area( by planting trees and other green plants around the city) when there's poverty and hunger in the land? Some have actually grumbled that government was paying too much attention to sanitation instead of other pressing issues like water, health and education. Well, apart from these complains so far so good, there are other activities the government has gone ahead to implement based on the proposal our organization submitted like advocacy on radio and television adverts to create awareness an all and large dust bins have been strategically placed around the center and residential centers so people don't throw their trash on the ground as was formally the case. Apart from these minor hiccups I'd say the women are on top of the situation! due to lack of portable and safe drinking water people depend on 'water vendors' for drinking water which are sold on small size polythene bags. These bags are usually thrown carelessly around the environment and have been an eye sore around several towns and cities in the county. So it has been a great challenge advocating for a change in behavior. However, for me what remains is a policy framework/institutional to sustain these changes if not a new government would probably not keep some of these initiates in place. On world earth day, we issued out a press release addressing some of the lapses identified and we can only keep talking and hoping that the changes will last. I think this year has been great so far and we are still writing and making noise and creating awareness about the benefits of a clean environment till change comes. It's hard to change old habits but the feed back I hear when I travel out to another state is nice, they say why can't their state governments clean up their states like what's happening in Jos, so I guess at the end of the day, just maybe the culture of sanitation and hygiene would at least be significantly achieved!

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