The Roving Camera
In 2008, WaterAid supported a nationwide filming trip, travelling through 11 regions of the island taking pictures of the hygiene practices and behaviour of the population.
For each town, the authorities and media were then invited to review and comment on the films during a workshop. The films were used to support representatives of the communities involved to express their views and needs face to face with the local authorities. Made aware of the disgusting realities, many of them took action to change the situation.
WaterAid Madagascar supported a project which asked young people aged 15 – 25 to come up with sketches for stage or radio. The sketches created would be used to help convine people in their communities about the importance of using latrines.
The project was based on the idea that these young people would be familiar with their own communities and would also know what might convince them best.
The youths were invited to join the project through radio announcements and via local religious groups to make sure those outside of school would also get a chance to take part.
The competition was organised locally in seven regions of Madagascar, and in each region all sketches were judged, and filmed and recorded. The best three sketches of each region were announced and awarded on the World Toilet Day.
For each of the regions a film of the event and the sketches was produced, as well as a national compilation film and a short film aired on national television. The project will have a longer term effect: many of the youths who came together to develop and perform the sketches, have vowed to continue to play their sketches and promote the campaign’s key messages.