10th February 2017
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Having spent nine years in displacement camps, Fikiri Madisi and his family were looking forward to coming home. But on arriving back in their village of Mwandiga in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the family discovered that conditions there were not much better.
Back to basics
‘On return, we had no toilets, bathrooms or clean water,’ recalls 42-year-old Fikiri Madisi, a teacher and father of nine. As well as being uncomfortable and inconvenient, having to use the bush or the lake as their toilet was dangerous and polluted the village’s water supply.
Join the club
Thankfully Fikiri’s village was one of many to receive information and advice on good sanitation and hygiene practices through a Community Health Club (CHC) set up in his village. ‘With the teachings we received from the CHC we acquired skills to build our own toilet for our families,’ explains Fikiri.
The CHC in Mwandiga was set up by Tearfund as part of the SWIFT consortium, which aims to deliver sustainable access to safe water and sanitation, and encourage the adoption of of basic hygiene practices in the DRC and Kenya. The Consortium, funded with UK aid from the British people, is part of the Department for International Development’s WASH Results Programme.
Through the CHC Fikiri has learned the importance of toilets and has increased his knowledge of hygiene practices. He has since built a toilet in his compound, decreasing the frequency of diseases and diarrhoea in his family.
* Give thanks to God for the transformation in Fikiri’s life and for his family. How wonderful that they now have access to proper toilets and clean sanitation.
* Praise God for the way in which the SWIFT consortium is uniting development organisations under a common goal. Ask that God would continue to bless the work of SWIFT.
* Pray that more lives would be saved through the basic provision of toilets, clean water and hygiene training.
<http://tearfund.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=cd19eb0b2a74af14054950f15&id=f17df1c489&e=b67d6b82a4> Tearfund is a global member of the SWIFT Consortium <http://tearfund.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cd19eb0b2a74af14054950f15&id=cafa6cc2d7&e=b67d6b82a4> , which is working to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services to people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya, and build capacity to ensure services are sustainable.
A note from...
'As Fikiri's story shows, having something as basic as a toilet can significantly and positively impact a family's well-being. Thank you for your prayers for Tearfund's WASH work in the DRC.'
Area Manager DRC, Tearfund
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