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Evelyn Anyango

Evelyn has lived in Nyalenda B all her life. She has five children. Five years ago, Evelyn’s daughter, Grace, had a severe case of diarrhoea. She tried everything to make her better, but she continued to get worse.

“When Grace was six months old, she was admitted to hospital for six days. The main problem was acute diarrhoea and the doctors advised that I improve cleanliness because they said it was the main cause. I felt bad and felt that it is good to make your surroundings clean and to wash your hands before eating anything.”

Evelyn wasn't aware of the importance of good hygiene at the time and with no running water at home, it was difficult to ensure that her family were clean and safe from disease. Since then, Evelyn has been able to incorporate important hygiene steps into her life.

“From that time, it has been very different, I have changed completely. I now take care of my surroundings, my level of cleanliness and hygiene has gone up and I have had no problems with my other children.”

Six households use one toilet and keep it clean. Evelyn's two youngest children don’t use the pit latrine because it’s too deep and they feel like they might fall in. They sometimes use a potty or Evelyn puts down some newspaper and the baby goes on the newspaper.

It’s a tough life for people living in Nyalenda B but Evelyn and her family are doing everything they can to ensure that they do not get sick. Now that Evelyn understands the importance of hygiene, she has been talking to her neighbours about it and many of them are listening.

The older children now consistently wash their hands and teach the younger ones. From class five to eight at school they are trained in hand-washing.

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