We are currently in Phase 1 of the BLH project, which comprises a series of interactive, creative workshops. In this phase, participants are working with visual and narrative methods including body mapping, and personal story telling to reflect upon their experiences around water shortage, water saving, water reuse and water disposal – and what these mean to their health and well-being. As part of the workshop process, participants are also making music to accompany their body maps and stories. We are providing some insight into these workshops with updates on each as they happen.
Our first creative workshop was held in the second half of February over 5 days, with residents of Enkanini, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Participants working together to link different sounds of water to memory, culture and personal experience.
Through the use of hand mapping, community mapping, body mapping and music making, as well as drama and personal storytelling, the Enkanini participants shared their knowledge, experiences and insights around water in the informal settlement. They also conveyed their perspectives on research conducted in their community. These creative processes clearly showed that the priority of Enkanini residents in terms of their water needs are the introduction of drainage and improved sanitation.
We look forward to working with the Enkanini participants again in Phase 2 of the BLH project where they will share their creative outputs with water microbiology researchers as a part of a community engagement, knowledge exchange and co-learning process.