In Uganda, Chandiru’s training on hygiene and gardening brings her “new life”

In Uganda, Chandiru’s training on hygiene and gardening brings her “new life”

Chandiru, a single mother of three, is a member of a Farmer Field School (FFS) in FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program. The schools train farmers on sustainable farming technologies and other subjects related to food security, including sanitation and nutrition.

In communities such as Chandiru’s, many households do not have toilets or other sanitary facilities, exposing the communities to health risks such as cholera, diarrhea, and infections. Chandiru said that, before she joined the group, issues of sanitation and hygiene were not important to her, but now that’s all changed through the trainings she’s received.

“I had no sanitary facilities on my compound and, since I was not enlightened about this, I assumed everything was okay. But when we were trained on good sanitation and home hygiene, I realized my life and the lives of members of the family were at risk! This provoked me to dig a pit latrine. I dug a hole up to my shoulder level and then decided to hire two men to finish sinking the pit. I chopped coconut stem to cover the pit. I also constructed a bathing shelter and a drying rack, and sank a pit for garbage. “It wasn’t easy to do all that work, but now the challenge is gone, like forgetting the pain after childbirth. I don’t go to the bush any longer to relieve myself, which was the worst during the rainy season! I also don’t fear hosting people at my home now.”

During another training, Chandiru and others in her community learned about establishing kitchen gardens close to their homes so they can have vegetables year round. “I used to search for green vegetables, but after the training I established kitchen gardens in which I grow a variety of vegetables.” Walking through her garden, she points out, “Here I have a spot for onions, okra, eggplant, amaranth, cowpeas, tomatoes, and kale. I can eat the vegetables anytime I want without paying any money and do not have to go around looking for them as I used to.”

“You can see I now look better, and in fact I am much stronger!” Chandiru smiles. “My family now eats well, and I can also sell these vegetables to buy other household items such as salt, kerosene, and soap, and to pay the school fees for my children. Thank you for bringing me into this new life.”

Foods Resource Bank’s Uganda-West Nile program # 1103 is Led by World Renew and Local Partner Madi West Nile Diocese. The West Nile program encompasses 10 communities, 500 households, and 2500 individuals.

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