Better hygiene is stopping the spread of disease - Senayt’s Story
“After starting to use the latrine and cleaning waste properly, the frequency of stomach aches and diarrhea has almost stopped in my home. I want to thank CPAR for the training I took and the support they g
ave me in constructing my latrine.”
On the brightest day of the summer, when the sun hits Senayt’s hut the smell was once unbearable and the fl ies, attracted by the human waste, were thick in the air. Senayt is the mother of four children living in rural Malawi. For Senayt and her neighbours, practicing open defecation was the norm. In Malawi, half of the population is living without an adequate toilet so excreta freely reaches into the ground water or is discharged directly into surrounding rivers and lakes. When Senyat’s children became ill as a result of this she was forced to sell her cow and use half that income to pay their medical expenses.
CPAR’s WASH for Life project taught Senayt personal hygiene and environmental sanitation, including the invaluable importance of a latrine. Latrines help to keep her environment clean, keeping the water in her
community safe and lowering cases of diarrhea – a disease that kills 6,000 people each day.
Senayt and her children have constructed a latrine in their home and know to wash their hands after they use the latrine.