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Open defecation (that is, going to the toilet where there is none) leads to the spread of life-altering and deadly diseases. Reducing the spread of these diseases is shockingly simple: a safe and hygienic toilet and simple sanitation facilities. Sadly, many families cannot afford these life-saving necessities. As a result, every day children die from easily preventable diseases, and even the days they miss from school can impact them for years to come. You can provide vital hygiene with simple sanitation facilities to help keep children and their families safe and healthy.
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From Disease to Dignity

The people of Ambodifanovo were sick.

This community of 350 people in Mozambique had one main water point at the center of their village. The open well dried up often, and even when there was water, it was often contaminated by fecal waste.

“Before, feces were scattered everywhere, and sometimes we couldn’t even find where to step when we walked outside,” said Rajean, president of the Water Committee in Ambodifanovo. “When kids had diarrhea, we sent them anywhere to relieve themselves, and the disease spread as a result.”

When ADRA came to Ambodifanovo, they discovered the old, unreliable well and the dangerous lack of hygiene and sanitation.

A community-based Water Committee was formed and trained to teach residents about improved hygiene and sanitation, and how to look after the repaired and rehabilitated waterpoint ADRA had helped establish. They protected the well with a full enclosed shelter — almost unheard of in this area. The shelter was built completely with bricks, grass, and other material contributed by community members. The community’s first-ever toilet and washrooms were also constructed.

“Our kids were the ones who really suffered from diarrhea before, but today, there are no more cases of diarrhea,” Rajean said. “Thank you, ADRA. You have done so much — not only for our village but the whole country. Whoever comes here can drink from this water.”

  • A safe and clean toilet
  • Easy-to-follow hygiene instructions
  • Dignity
  • A better education, due to fewer missed school days
  • Increased productivity and income

From Disease to Dignity

The people of Ambodifanovo were sick.

This community of 350 people in Mozambique had one main water point at the center of their village. The open well dried up often, and even when there was water, it was often contaminated by fecal waste.

“Before, feces were scattered everywhere, and sometimes we couldn’t even find where to step when we walked outside,” said Rajean, president of the Water Committee in Ambodifanovo. “When kids had diarrhea, we sent them anywhere to relieve themselves, and the disease spread as a result.”

When ADRA came to Ambodifanovo, they discovered the old, unreliable well and the dangerous lack of hygiene and sanitation.

A community-based Water Committee was formed and trained to teach residents about improved hygiene and sanitation, and how to look after the repaired and rehabilitated waterpoint ADRA had helped establish. They protected the well with a full enclosed shelter — almost unheard of in this area. The shelter was built completely with bricks, grass, and other material contributed by community members. The community’s first-ever toilet and washrooms were also constructed.

“Our kids were the ones who really suffered from diarrhea before, but today, there are no more cases of diarrhea,” Rajean said. “Thank you, ADRA. You have done so much — not only for our village but the whole country. Whoever comes here can drink from this water.”