Meet Savious

Nowamanya Savious is a resident of Karungu village, Mpungu Parish, Hamurwa Sub-county, in Rubanda District. She is married to Monday Levi and they have three children. At the time of baseline, Savious didn’t have a pit latrine, a bath shelter, a rack among others. She only had a house she was staying in. When the AWS staff asked her about the latrine, bath shelter and others; her response was that she shared with her mother in law. It was after triggering that Savious picked courage of constructing her own pit latrine, bath shelter and other facilities. She affirms that “Had it not been AWS intervention, I would still be in the darkness of poor sanitation waiting for my mother in law to put up pit latrine for us. “Hangara AWS” meaning long live AWS.

As many other households in this village, Nowamanya also struggled to fetch water up and down the hill for about 4 hours. Today, she collects her water from a Ferro Cement tank that has been constructed with help from Africa Water Solutions.

Meet Marvelous

Kyompeire Marvelous is a wife to Magezi Everest and they live with three children. The couple lives in karungu village, Mpungu Parish, Hamurwa Sub-County, Rubanda District. It took a couple of days for this home to get transformed. During baseline, this home had a very poor old latrine without a door, latrine cover and wasn’t well mudded. The couple didn’t have a bath shelter, a kitchen and even a rack. At the time of triggering and training karungu village, Marvelous was among the participants and she thought the Health Assistant was talking about her home when he could highlight on some homes in the village that had alarming sanitation.

She did not pick up very fast, she required a little more monitoring visits! Slowly, she started to put in place WASH facilities like a new pit latrine with a cover, well mudded with two doors and she was constructing a kitchen though incomplete. She had put up a bath shelter and a drying rack. However, Marvelous was struggling to get water to improve on her sanitation due to the long trek of walking about 4 hours to and from the spring.  Her husband suffers a long ill health and her child is mentally retarded. Construction of a 6000L Ferro cement tank adds a smile on her face, she is able to take care of the family and improve on her sanitation.

Meet Adrian

Clean water is only part of the story in bringing lost lasting health changes to rural communities. To achieve the greatest health benefits, improvement in sanitation and hygiene must be made alongside access to clean water. Karungu is one of the highly water stressed villages in Rubanda District.

Adrian Ruzamaba, 69 years old, and Hope Audria, 67 years live in Karungu village, Mpungu parish, Hamurwa subcounty. They currently stay with 3 of their 10 and five grandchildren. Before receiving the WASH trainings, Adrian and his family used to drink untreated water from the pond that was shared with animals and were in-and-out of hospital due to water borne
diseases. Washing hands after visiting the toilet and before eating food was unusual and seemed water wasting and his grandchildren hardly bathed and suffered from skin infections (Dermatitis). Due to old age, it was difficult for Adrian and his wife to travel up and down the hills to fetch water and therefore their grandchildren often missed school to first fetch water; because of the water scarcity, the grand children rarely washed their school uniforms in order to spare the little water they had and consequently they would have to wear dirty uniforms to
school. The family would sometimes have to pay someone 2,000Ugshs (52 cents) to fetch a jerr ycan of water which was too costly for them given their economic status.

After continuous interaction and WASH trainings with Adrian’s family, they had the urge to improve on the hygiene and sanitation at their home. They were able to construct a proper bathing shelter and a latrine with a sato pan and a tippy tap, they now understand the benefits of hand washing, use SODIS to treat drinking water, and improved sanitation and hygiene around their home also makes them proud. Their grandchildren no longer fall sick and the money that was spent in treating them is now used to venture in income generating projects.

Clean and safe water means healthy families; more money is saved that they can now spend on education, business investments, and thus economic empowerment.

Adrian and Hope are forever grateful to AWS for giving them access to clean and safe water through the rain water harvesting tank and continuous trainings and lessons that helped them improve on the sanitation and hygiene conditions of their home.

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