“Life before we had a latrine was very difficult. My children, husband and myself used to go to the bush; that was the only kind of ‘toilet’ that we had. I would have to stealthily dig a hole, always in fear of someone finding me there. My husband attempted to dig a a pit a few years earlier, but we did not have the money to construct a cover or a shelter to go above it. The pit itself was a danger to my children as they would run and play around it.
“Before having a latrine, one of our greatest fears was hosting visitors. We were afraid they would ask to use a latrine, we’d have to explain that we didn’t have one and instead give them a hoe so they could dig themselves a hole. This often caused my children to have diarrhoea, especially during the rainy season. I would spend a lot of time at the hospital taking care of my little one, although I should have spent that time working on the garden so we could have food to eat. tempted to dig a a pit a few years earlier, but we did not have the money to construct a cover or a shelter to go above it. The pit itself was a danger to my children as they would run and play around it.
“Now that we have a latrine, our lives have changed tremendously. I thank a little bit of HOPE for the support they have shown us. Ten people use this latrine and it will help us for over fifteen years. We no longer live in fear of hosting visitors and are proud to own a latrine. My children do not become ill as often, and are much healthier and happier. I have more time to spend in my garden, growing crops and ensuring we have enough food to eat.
“Thank you for our latrine.”
If you would like to give more families like Mwima’s the opportunity to have their own latrine, you can help towards the cost of building one this Christmas. Or perhaps you would consider joining together with a group to raise enough to build one latrine. Any amount can make a big difference. Click here to find out how you can help.