Case story – David Lameck
I am David Lameck and I hail from Matemba Village, Group Village Headman Chitinji in Traditional Authority Chiwalo in Machinga district. Since DAPP Child Aid project came to our village, it has helped us a lot in terms of sanitation and hygiene. In the past, people in this village didn’t have pit latrines and they were open defecation everywhere while other would depend on their neighbor’s toilets.
The community didn’t know the importance of having a toilet at household level and we were defecating in the bush. This kind of behavior was fueling up hygiene related diseases like Cholera, dysentery and Diarrhea.
Most of the children in the village used to suffer from diarrhea frequently because we did not have pit latrines as our children made it a habit to defecate everywhere. To make the matters worse, our toilets also did not have drop hole covers which attracted more flies and led to more diseases. Then DAPP Child Aid project came and changed all that. They help us to form groups called Village Action Group (VGA) committee which is currently working hand in hand with the project leaders in sensitizing the whole community on the importance of good hygiene. This has been through the use of pit latrines at household level, construction of Tippy taps which is a hand washing mechanism and ensuring that pit latrine drop whole covers are present.
I am thankful to DAPP for the project. It has changed our lives here in Chintinji village.