Kabaya residents with a SWIFT MEAL officer
A big change is in motion with the project that Tearfund is implementing. In terms of access to water, construction is in progress: tap stands, pits by the Indata spring, pipes in trenches. We are also assisting Tearfund with the construction of a large 225m3 tank. The water will soon start flowing through the village! In terms of hygiene, we were made aware of the 5 key moments of hand washing and this is now practiced in many homes here. With regard to sanitation, we now know the importance of cleaning our plots to avoid disease. Some plots now have rubbish holes, which is a big improvement.
I was impressed when the foundation stone of this project was layed out. Kabaya is a community that has never had drinking water. The only spring that the community could use was the unprotected spring of Indata, located at least one hour away by foot. People with disabilities or there elderly could not make their way there. Now the pipes are laid, the tank is being built and the 25 tap stands just need to be connected.
For the inauguration, I will be here in person and promise all my support!
The minister visits the new tap stands in Kabaya
Kabaya tank under construction
A very important and very positive part of the project is that Tearfund works with the youth for the realisation of the activities. Tearfund engineers supervise the work and we are involved in the activities as masons, assistant masons and material handlers and we are paid for each day of work. The money we receive is very useful to us, some young people have even started to set up their own income generating activities!
For us moms, in the past we did not know the importance of hygienic latrines, we did not know that flies could contaminate us. Now many households have built and improved their latrines. For example, I now own a latrine that is sheltered and that has a hand-washing device. I remember that before, when I came back from the field, I would changed my child’s nappy and then breastfeed it without washing my hands. But since I attended several workshops on hygiene, this habit is banned!