Clad in white robes lined with a gray stripe across the hem, a group of GFA Sisters of Compassion walked the rural road to one of the schools in their area. Specifically trained to minister to the lowest in society and do the most menial tasks, the specialized women missionaries were ready to teach students about sanitation and do what no one else wanted to do: clean the school’s toilets.
Unknowingly Risking Their Lives
Across the globe, 2 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation facilities. Around 673 million of those 2 billion defecate in the open. But even when a sanitation facility is available to the public or a family owns a private one, many, like in the village these Sisters of Compassion work in, do not use it.
“There are many people who have a sanitation facility at their home,” said Laranda, one of the Sisters of Compassion, “but they keep it locked or use it as a storeroom to keep their firewood and other stuff.”
Instead, the villagers use the fields to relieve themselves, unaware that poor sanitation is the cause of 432,000 diarrhea-related deaths.
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