Consolata Ladis, CHE
My name is Consolata, and I was born on February 12, 1992 at Bukoba Government Hospital. In 2009, I joined the Sisters of Little Servant of Mary in Lusaka, Zambia. In 2012, I returned home after I discovered that path was not my passion. In 2013, I gave birth to my son, Andrew Japhat. After this, I joined Maji Safi and started learning a lot about health and hygiene. Joining Maji Safi took away my fears about health and gave me confidence to give the community advice. Maji Safi has trained me in PHAST and CHAST to create a better understanding in the community when I teach. I am living my dream as a health facilitator for Maji Safi.
Mereciana Kenedy, CHE
My name is Merciana, and I am a mama from the Masonga village in the Rorya District. I finished my primary education at Masonga in 2000. In 2001, I got married and started working as a farmer and doing housework as a house mama. After five years of marriage, I was able to continue with my secondary education, but I had two boys, and they brought a lot of challenges. It was tough being a mama and a student. After finishing form four grade level, I continued doing my household activities, and I was also able to farm corn and use the harvest as a business. In 2013, I was lucky and got a job with Maji Safi, and it has helped me build my understanding of health and environmental cleanliness. It has given me the ability to protect my family from disease and to build their ability to protect themselves. Maji Safi has plans to continue giving health education within villages that are close and far. This means that the community can leave behind the problems of waterborne diseases.
Judith Mbache, CHE
I believe we at Maji Safi do a great job of educating the community members about sanitation and hygiene issues, while empowering them to make positive changes in their behavior. This benefits the participating families and the community as a whole. My hope is for us to provide information to every single household to prevent infections and diseases that arise from a lack of health education. Maji Safi’s education campaign is changing the Shirati community’s perspective in four major areas: the dangers of hand-to-mouth infections, treating drinking water, the economic importance of disease prevention, and the importance of recognizing early signs and symptoms of disease. People who never used to treat their water have now started to use chlorine and other methods that Maji Safi recommends. These water treatment methods work because they are cheap and take little time.
Personally, Maji Safi has changed me greatly. From the CHE training, I now know how to prevent many water-related diseases and how to facilitate discussions with different groups in my community. I have also become a firm believer that disease prevention has a bigger impact on a community than just disease treatment alone. As a CHE, I love working with children, and I am currently co-leading the After School Program. This program helps the children develop personally and provides them with information that can keep them healthy and in school. Kids are great observers, especially when it comes to the environment and disease prevention. Working with children helps encourage community understanding because they are fast learners, and it is easy for them to pass information from one child to the next. To be honest, I have faced much adversity in my life. I am both an orphan and a widow. I live in Shirati, so I can raise my granddaughter and make sure that she has a good life.
Sikujua Raphael, CHE
My name is Sikujua, and I am 28 years old and the mother of two children. I have a secondary education. In 2014, I joined the MSG team. I am now an experienced Community Health Educator. I am happy to be part of MSG because I continue to learn new things about diseases and other important things. My salary from MSG helps me run my life, and I love working with children in our After School and Singing and Dance Programs. I am excited to keep working for MSG in the future.
Diana Ngukah, CHE
My name is Diana, and I have lived in Shirati my whole life. After finishing secondary school, I took classes at a local computer school. However, when I heard about Maji Safi Group, I was excited and decided I wanted to join the group. I have now been a CHE for more than five years with MSG, and I fight the spread of preventable diseases in my community.
I work with children in the Singing and Dance Program. Through singing and dancing, the students learn about the importance of being healthy. Also, through their performances, they’re able to share their ideas about disease prevention with other kids and their community in general. MSG helps my community understand the importance of improving hygienic and sanitary conditions to prevent disease.
Magdalena Nixon, CHE
My name is Magdalena, and I am the sixth child in my family. After graduating from secondary school, I learned how to type and worked in a secretary shop. In March 2015, while working as a typist, I joined the community cleanup group that partners with Maji Safi Group. After volunteering for the group for a year, I joined the MSG team in March 2016, and I am still very happy to be working there.
Rosa Ojala, CHE
My name is Rosa, and I am the third child in a family of six in Kirongwe. I was born in 1996 and raised by my grandma. I went to school in the Homabay District of Kenya. I finished my primary education at the Osani Hills Academy in 2009 and went on to finish my secondary education at Nyamongo Girls High School. After finishing secondary school, I could not continue my dream of becoming a health worker due to the inability to pay school fees and moved back to live with my family in Shirati and help farm. I am the proud mother of my daughter, and she has taught me many lessons and makes me feel the responsibility of being a single mother. I am happy to be employed with MSG as a Community Health Educator. Continuing to work in the field makes me think I will one day reach my dream of being a health worker. It is so interesting to walk around in the communities and teach health education, especially teaching girls about hygiene and the different ways that they can prevent early marriage and dropping out of school thereby improving many of their lives. MSG is indeed doing great work for Tanzanians and has helped me both financially and morally. I understand the importance of keeping the environment clean and different ways of preventing diseases, which prevents spending money on curing diseases.
Hellen John, CHE
My name is Hellen, and I was born at the Shirati KMT Hospital in 1996. I come from the village of Kyariko in Shirati. I started primary school in 2003 at Shirati Primary and finished in 2009. I continued at Katuru Secondary School in 2010, but was not able to finish because of family problems in 2013. After leaving school, I was working at a small business and had my first daughter. In 2016, I succeeded in joining the MSG team, and I am still very happy to be working with them. I really love working for the community, and I am very thankful to have gotten here and want to keep working to reach my goals.