SVQF produced four animated educational children’s films, in both English and Kiswahili, for use in schools in Salabwek and surrounding communities. The film topics — HIV/AIDS, gender equality, the importance of boiling water, and the importance of washing hands — were selected by Free The Children’s Africa Health Projects Manager as particularly relevant and important to these communities. Every aspect of the films was carefully reviewed during production to ensure accuracy of the visual details and culturally sensitive treatment of the subject matter.
Sanam Quraishi delivered the films to the Salabwek schools on her May 2009 visit. Each class as well as a group of adults viewed the films, and a school nurse conducted a question and answer session following every viewing. The students enjoyed watching the animations, which they found very entertaining and, in certain parts, quite humorous. They especially enjoyed recognizing details of their own lives in the films, down to the colors of their school uniforms. The adults who watched the film included Salabwek’s elders, leaders, and parents. They were very proud that their community plays the starring role in the animations and that Salabwek is helping neighboring communities learn about health and sanitation with these educational tools.