In May 2009, Sanam Quraishi made her second visit to Salabwek, accompanying a team of SOW filmmakers who were documenting the impact of the community development project. Sustainability of the initiatives introduced by the project is the most important factor in its ultimate success. Two and a half years after the project was launched, it is clear that the community has taken responsibility for independently maintaining its development. One example is the community’s implementation of the information taught in the health and sanitation education portion of the project. The schoolchildren have made a habit of using the school handwashing stations, and they in turn instruct their parents and families on the importance of washing their hands before eating or preparing food. The community’s women have adopted the habit of boiling and storing drinking water in their homes, installing dish racks that keep utensils and dishes off the ground, hanging clotheslines to keep laundry away from tick-filled trees, and creating private bathing areas made of plant leaves with large rocks for water drainage. Each of these practices is easy to maintain and pass down through the generations, particularly as they use easily accessible indigenous materials.
Sanam also visited the construction site of the permanent health clinic Free The Children is building to serve the area’s inhabitants. Doc2Dock will equip and furnish the completed clinic, which is expected to serve 23,000 to 30,000 people.