Rachel’s Toilet Transformation

In 2002, Rachel heard about a solidarity transformation group set up by MOUCECORE in her area. The group was headed up by Blandine who approached Rachel and asked her if she wanted to join and be a part of the work that the group was planning. At that time, her family of 7 children were having to be escorted to the large open hole used as a community toilet as it was too dangerous for them to go alone. They had no place to shower and were bathing using unclean water in the house. When Blandine approached her, Rachel realised she had nothing to lose, the group was easy to join and she was being offered a lifeline to solve her own problems. The group aims to build latrine complexes including a place to wash, for all of the members. Rachel was one of the first households to receive her latrine; she shares it with one other family of 4 and is proud to show it off to visitors as a sign of the transformation that has occurred in her life. Rachel explains: “Before, all of my children were sickly and never went to school but now they attend every day and since the latrine complex was built, none of them have been to hospital. My two year old has not had to go to hospital since he was born!”

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