Around the world, billions of people are forced to go to extraordinary lengths just to find water, somewhere to wash or a toilet they can use. Meet the people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who had to put their lives on the line every day to access these basic essentials.
Despair into joy
‘We used to see people getting sick and dying a lot,’ shares Sango.
‘Even in my family, one of my children died from diarrhoea as we could not afford medical care for them. We had already sold our mattresses, plates and clothes to pay for medical care and had nothing else left to sell.
‘Because the children were ill so often, they couldn’t go to school and we didn’t have time to farm. We lost the respect of our community.
‘However, our despair turned to joy when Tearfund came to our village. We were shown the importance of good toilets in each household, and to wash our hands to prevent diseases, including diarrhoea.
‘We built our first family toilet with a handwashing device. Since then, it has been three months since anyone in our house has been ill!
‘We have time and strength to farm which means we can eat three meals a day instead of just one. Also, our children have been able to go back to school and we hope that after we have harvested our next crop we will be able to buy some clothes.’