After the initial sanitation push, we began “hands on days” at the houses of our VHTs and village Chairman. It is important that they have exemplary household sanitation, since community members look up to them when improving their own health practices. We spent two full days building trash pits, tippy taps, and plate stands as a team. Once their households were perfected, we were ready to move on to the general community members’ households!
For the past week, we have been moving from household to household in the village, promoting the UVP subsidized supplies (nails, wire, string, and jerry cans), to encourage villagers to begin collecting the wood needed to build these very important sanitation devices. Community members are so grateful to have our help, and we often leave with small gifts of gratitude, such as bags of g-nuts or maize.
Our Interview with Mr. Kiti
After helping Mr. Kiti build his sanitation devices, it began to downpour, so he invited us into his house to wait out the storm. While sitting on mats in his living room with about 10 village children who were also seeking shelter, we had a good conversation about his life and his involvement with UVP in Bukakaire. Mr. Kiti is one of the older members of the village, and he is very enthusiastic about UVP’s work, attending almost every event that we have held throughout the summer. He has a wife and 10 kids, five of whom still live in Bukakaire.
We definitely will never forget!