18th Feb- Pre and Post Intervention rural villages

18 Feb

Today we visited two rural villages. Firstly, a pre-intervention visit to a small and very remote community of Nayagaon. We had a formal welcome which was extraordinary and very emotional. We were decorated with red paint, petals and garlands of flowers. We were then split into small groups and joined host families. Ours was a family of 10 who lived in a 2 room hut, lived without any sanitation and collected water from a polluted source 2km away. We discovered the harsh lives this family lead and their hope for water and sanitation.

Our second visit today was a post intervention visit at a village called Mahadev Pura. Again a fantastic welcome and presentations were followed by a village tour, being proudly shown handpumps, latrines and wash kitchen facilities. Villagers were inspirational, women empowered and health dramatically improved. If anyone needs a clear example of WaterAid in action- this is it!

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