One man in this group shared his story:
”I used to live in the mountains with my wife and six children. We used the water from the canal for our daily needs. We never
used soap to wash our hands and seldom bathed our children. My children always suffered from diarrhea and typhoid. After attending the hygiene lessons provided by JDA, I understand that our poor hygienic behavior made us sick all the time. We will now wash our hands with soap every time and practice good hygiene to prevent diseases.
ZAHRA ANVAR: "Before attending the WASH program we did not know that
water from the drainage has microbes. We washed vegetables with drainage water and ate them. We always became sick after eating them. Now we know that vegetables have microbes and that water alone cannot kill of the microbes. We would see advertisements of chlorine on TV, but thought it was n acid and did not know how to use it. After attending the hygiene lessons,
we learned how to properly use chlorine to wash our vegetables. Thank you. We are very happy with everything we have learned to prevent diseases. It would be great to have JDA host another workshop in the future."
NABILA:”When we were children, we would drink water from the drainage and got sick. One of my friends had a tapeworm in her stomach. I didn’t know it came from dirty water. After your lesson, I understood how important it is to keep our bodies clean, wash our hands with soap using clean water,and how to wash fruits and vegetables. I am now teaching these lessons to my family every day. "
Worker in Municipality's Kindergarten:
This story is about one house in Balkh where WASH had a hygiene course. When we began the hygiene group at the host house, the hygiene situation, including the latrine, was very poor. We started the hygiene group there and the family participated eagerly. They started to make changes in their household and to practice the information they were learning in the course.
Mrs. Amina and her husband Sayed Naser said, “We didn't know the negative impact of a dirty latrine. We are happy to get these important lessons. Before, we used water from the open well and didn't care about washing our hands with soap. We have been suffering from stomachache and my mother-in-law who is very old, has been sick most of the time. After we obtained this information, we decided to rebuild our latrine properly and use the biosand filter to treat our water. We didn't have any stomachaches this summer. Now, we believe that if we apply our learning, we will definitely have a healthier family. I participated in hygiene training and see the visible benefits."