After visiting the feeding centres in Gitega, we went to a health facility. This centre, run by the Church, is one of the nicest I’ve been in.
But I think it’s good to see what is possible too. The administrator here estimated that this place cost several thousand USD / month to keep running. It’s not much, knowing the types of serices proided.
And sure – it wasn’t the most run down or beat-up place – but it points to a certain future which we should keep in mind and work towards (note all the phones being charged…every electrical outlet had a phone plugged in, charging away. Power is the greatest need.
Here, Evan looks at a bar of ready-t-use therapeutic food
After the health centre, we went to visit a village – and a whole community – which had built 7,000 latrines in the last year. Each latrine was connected to a household, and they were very proud of their work.
They told us that their biggest challenges were
1) getting other communities to take up the same model
2) basic (hardware) tools for getting the water closer to the village and
They want to extend this practice to other “hills” around them.
These tiles are made in the village
There is no smell at all in the latrine
Here is a simple sink, which you don’t have to touch with your hands (food-pedal operated)
Here is a video of this moment:
Evan and Emeline duck into a latrine…
..and deem it good.
Which was in a fairly large building – kindly shared with us by the community
Where we stayed for about half an hour until the rain let up a bit…
And we were on our way.
Gitega, Burundi, 8 March, 2013)
(posted from Amsterdam, 11 March, 2013)