Clean Water, Clean Hands, Changed Lives

Clean Water, Clean Hands, Changed Lives

Andreas Steffensen – August 8, 2017

Through the work of World Poverty Solution’s Community Health Education (CHE) program, positive changes are beginning to take place in the Northern Ugandan city of Lira.

Prior to the arrival of the program in 2009, it was common to see community members suffering from infectious diseases, such as typhoid. This was due to a lack of clean water and proper hygiene practices in the community. Only 30% of community members practiced good sanitation. Those who did have latrines, were not hygienic and furthered infections within the area. However, through the WPS training, community members began to see the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation. The community began to take steps to safeguard their health by washing their hands after going to the bathroom and before preparing meals. Community ministry leaders were also able to work with the community to find access to clean water.

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Since the implementation of the program, the community members have begun to feel empowered to find better ways to take care of themselves and their families. They have also witnessed a drastic decline in preventable diseases., and many parishes were also declared Open Defecation Free and now use Tippy Taps for hand washing. Most importantly, community members are beginning to see that God cares for every aspect of their lives.

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It is through such programs that World Poverty Solutions seeks to minister to the whole person. Teaching them that they are created in God’s image and that he longs to bring about restoration to every area of their lives. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).