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Ngudo Nga Zwinepe (Learning through Photos): A Photovoice Assessment of Water and Health Perceptions in Rural Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Background Over a decade long-partnership between UVA and University of Venda (Univen) Sustainable water initiative: Limpopo Water Project Goal: To develop a sustainable water system for a village in the Limpopo province through international, interdisciplinary efforts. Need: To better understand the village’s priorities regarding water access, use and meaning.
Setting Village in the Venda Region Population: 1855 Households: 265 Households w/o Sanitation: 189 Governance: Chiefdom/consensus decision making High unemployment Extreme poverty
Research Questions What are the water perceptions of the members of this community? How do they value water and what do they understand as current needs regarding water?
Methods Modified Photovoice Methodology Grounded Theory Content Analysis Individual Interview Group Interview/Debrief Photography Training
Results Qualitative Quantitative Infrastructure/Storage 80% Participants Gender Community 61% Money 53% Pain 23% 7 M, 6 F 38% Photos Taken 317 Photos enlarged 13 Interviews Nourishment 40% Health/Hygiene 13 23 Avg. length of 1 st interviews 18: 04 Avg. length of group stories 3: 21 Age range 26 -77 Median 38 Avg. Age 43. 5
Service Collaborative Planning with Univen Faculty/Students Provided Photovoice Training at Univen Capacity building within Univen Sustainability Club
Discussion Need to build curricula to address the village’s water perceptions to enhance sustainability of project. Possibly lack of understanding regarding direct effects of clean water to health. Usefulness of Photovoice as a means to build community buyin for further research General sustainability of student -initiated international research: How can it be improved?
Contact Tim Cunningham, BA RN CNL/MSN Candidate ’ 09 University of Virginia tdc 8 [email protected] edu Many Thanks to: UVA CGH, Rebecca Dillingham, Nisha Botchwey and Vhonani Netshandama