FARM STEW Uganda launched into 68 new communities this quarter, and one is named Bugobi.
The children of the Bugobi community had malnutrition-related health problems. Almost all of them had swollen bellies, red hair, skinny arms, and were short and stunted for their age. Betty, a FARM STEW trainer, was concerned for them and began asking the children questions.
Did they have a pit latrine at home? Did they wash their hands after visiting the latrine or before eating food? After asking several children from different homes, she found that they all lacked proper sanitary conditions in their homes. The poor sanitation led to parasites that contributed to the malnutrition that the children experienced.
Betty, with the help of Solomon, a volunteer, started to teach this community how to make tippy taps. Betty took the time to make sure each child understood how to use the tippy tap to wash their hands. They also conducted lessons on how to keep the environment clean and tidy by digging rubbish pits, building dish-drying racks, sweeping the compound around homes, and washing clothes regularly.