Feb 22nd- slum blog pt 1

22 Feb

Plan today is to visit 2 Bhopal slums, one pre, one post WaterAid intervention. The pre visit was to Shir Nagar, 400 houses 2000 pop. Slum is served by a few standpipes, water available only one hour per day and none at all during summer. Open sewers are evident leading to severe disease and infant mortality. Spent several hours with a family who related their difficult lives but also aspirations for the future. Evidence of Govt support via creche facility and sewer ‘dredging’. Families didn’t wallow in self pity, just got on with their lives and fully understood their situation and issues. The appreciation on the families faces was humbling. WaterAid must make a difference here !
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