Years ago, Manjula sustained a severe injury to her right foot in a mortar attack. With no toilet at home, she had to walk over a kilometre into the jungle. She had no privacy, and men would often follow her and her two young children. The painful journey was even harder during the wet season. During her pregnancies, Manjula struggled with balance and leg pain. She needed assistance from her husband, mother and sister, which embarrassed her deeply.
Through CS WASH, Manjula was able to hire local labour to help her husband build an accessible home bathroom. We also provided technical support to the contractors, to ensure the bathroom met her needs.
Now, Manjula feels safer. She can easily keep her weight off her injured foot when using the toilet. With proper handwashing facilities, she can protect her children from disease. And now that she no longer feels like a burden to others, her confidence has soared.