Sometimes You Can Do More for Yourself Than You Think!

CWS Vietnam | November 16, 2017

Po A Hu and his wife building their latrine. Photo: CWS

Po A Hu is a young La Hu man who, after marriage, moved from his own village to his wife’s, where he now lives with their young son and his elderly mother-in-law. Their small house was just built about three years ago, but there is no latrine because their family has neither the right land nor enough money – they thought. But, after CWS team members held a CLTS activation in the village, he understood more about different sanitary latrine models and wanted to build one for his family and his village’s wellbeing. He was happy when his wife also liked the idea and urged him to quickly build their latrine as soon as possible so she could stop being uncomfortable and embarrassed when having to use the forest, with mosquito and heavy rains sometimes, as her toilet.

Together, the young couple decided to use the four sacks of cement and some bricks that they have saved to make a pigsty to build the latrine first. Po A Hu went to the nearest town and bought some iron, metal sheets and plastic pipe, and then he started to build the latrine himself. He explained to one CWS team member saying, “If you make something yourself, you will appreciate the time and effort it cost you; you will feel its value and keep it in good condition.” In checking out the latrine, CWS staff say that it is indeed clean and very well maintained, and they are so happy young family was inspired with new knowledge to use their precious resources to improve their lives, especially that of their elderly parent and, in time, their growing child.

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