There are three CWS beneficiary sub-hamlets in the Village of Oebaki. They are separated by a large river leaving two sub hamlets on one side and the third across the river. Here we traveled to Sub Hamlet Oepaka from sub-hamlet Haufanu. The only way to sub-hamlet Oepaka is to cross the river by foot.
This river is normally used by all of the sub-hamlets to collect water for farming and washing, but the community was suffering from a severe drought. While a dry river made our crossing easier, this also meant little to no water for farming, drinking or washing.
sub-hamlet, Oepaka, part of Oebaki village.
women prepare all of the village chickens for their vaccinations and eye drops. They use long pieces of bamboo to create "rows” of chickens. Long pieces of green leaves are used to tie the chicken’s feet to the bamboo row. This keeps them separated so that they can have their vaccination shot and eye drops.
Wellum, a CWS representative, teaches animal husbandry techniques to all the beneficiary villages. He shows the local people how to administer vaccination shots and eye drops.
One thing many villagers did not know prior to CWS training sessions is that all chickens must be vaccinated for the vaccination to be effective. if one chicken carries the disease the rest will be infected. Communities spoke about losing every chicken years before, that they had to start over and receive new beneficiary chickens because there were none left. They did not realize that all chickens have to be vaccinated and that sick chickens can infect vaccinated chickens.