When we met Grandma Fede, she was living in squalor.
Her tiny mud house and the surrounding yard was strewn with garbage and rotting food scraps. In one corner, there was an open pit with human waste, and leaning up against her house was a jerry can full of dirty, contaminated water from the local pond.
Homes like Grandma Fede’s are not unusual in rural Uganda where extreme poverty is commonplace. As a result, people like Grandma Fede often struggle their whole lives with entirely preventable waterborne diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, and cholera.
Over months of working one-on-one with Grandma Fede, we helped her build a latrine, a tippy-tap, a compost and she learned how to disinfect her water using the power of the sun.
Today, Grandma Fede is a model of health for her community and is passing her knowledge and skills onto others.
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Meet Grandma Fede
In the video below, the WaterSchool team - in partnership with our implementing partner Africa Water Solutions — went to visit Grandma Fede to learn more about the transformative power clean water, hygiene and sanitation have had on her life. Click below to meet Grandma Fede and hear her story!