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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Knowledge is empowerment, and a means to help yourself

Submitted by Michaela Sholes

Do you know people who don't like answering phone calls from "unknown" numbers? Until the ETCHE program got started here at MoM, I was actually one of those people...I don't know why, it just made me uncomfortable to answer a call, not knowing who was on the other end. But it's days like these in a job like this when a simple call from a strange number can just make SUCH a difference!

Needless to say, I got a call today from one of the communities. As we were talking, I asked him how the information was being received and if he felt like the community was benefiting from the ETCHE drops. He responded by telling me, "Madame, the community was very moved by the pictures you sent! They looked at the behaviors and realized among each other that they themselves also do these harmful actions (direct contact with lake water and urinating/defecating in the water sources). So, a meeting was gathered and the people have decided that because they know it is harmful for them and their children, they want to stop it in our village."

There simply aren't the words to describe how thankful, and how very honored we are to be a small part of this change in people's lives!

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