Jeff's Anti-Jigger Campaign - KidsRights

Jeff's Anti-Jigger Campaign

Changemaker Jeff lives in Kenya, where he wants to improve health with the Anti-Jigger Campaign.  KidsRights is helping Jeff with setting up, executing and expanding his project.  Read more about his project below.

 

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Jeff's Anti-Jigger Campaign

“Everyone has a part to play. We have the power. I did it, you can do it too!” 

What is the problem?
In Jeff’s neighborhood, jiggers are causing big issues. Jiggers are little insects that nestle themselves under your skin and lay eggs there. This inflames the skin which has significant consequences on your health. According to Jeff, many people cannot walk or sit properly, because of the infection in their feet or buttocks. Jeff has had severe inflammations as a result of jiggers himself, and as a result could barely go to school.

There are various ways to prevent and treat jiggers, such as paying attention to hygiene, wearing shoes, and removing jiggers, which can be done easily. Because of the poverty in Jeff’s neighborhood, these options are not a possibility for most people, which is why jiggers keeps spreading. There is also a taboo that plays a large role – local doctors do not want to threat jiggers, because they are afraid of getting infected themselves. As a result, people are not getting the help they need in the hospital.

What is Jeff´s solution?
When Jeff was 9, he decided to take action against jiggers. He made shoes from old car tires, and helped people remove jiggers. Later, Jeff decided that as many children as possible should learn how to do this. With the help of a social worker, he has started his own project, the Anti-Jigger Campaign, which will seek to inform people about jiggers, hygiene, and making shoes.

What is the goal?
Jeff wants to inform as many children as possible about treating and preventing jiggers. With his Anti-Jigger Campaign, he wants to start with around 30 children, by teaching them how to make shoes and protect themselves against jiggers.

Jeff’s goal is to make sure all children can go to school again, and that adults can do their jobs without having health issues. He is convinced this will have a positive effect on his community’s economy.

How does Jeff work?
Jeff will start with preparing an informative meeting about hygiene, and a workshop about how to make shoes. He expects the biggest challenge to be finding children that want to take action with him. Everybody wants to stay as far away as possible from jiggers, and as a result are they afraid to help the infected people.

What does Jeff need?

  • Old car tires for the shoes.
  • Basic first-aid supplies such as disinfecting supplies and bandages.
  • Soap for washing the students.
  • Scissors for making the shoes with car tires.
  • Needles for removing jiggers

Who does he need?

  • Groups of people where he can come by to inform them and give workshops.
  • Children that want to participate in his initiative.

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