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Success Story: Young Woman Builds her Family a Latrine

by Katie Carroll | May 04, 2014

Mimose is a student at the school Institution Henriette St Marc of Démier in Crochu, Haiti. The Institution Henriette St Marc of Démier is one of the schools in Crochu enrolled in cholera prevention with Medical Teams International.

Thanks to your generous donations, MTI was able to train the teachers in cholera prevention and awareness to help stop the spread of this debilitating bacteria.  Your gifts also provided education materials for the teachers to conduct sessions for the students.

Mimose, whose family did not have a latrine, attended an education session on how cholera is transmitted. Afterwards, she decided to convince her mother to take all necessary precautions to protect the family against cholera. 

Because the training your gifts provided was so effective, Mimose was persistent with her family.  After several months, Mimose's mother agreed to build a latrine. Mother and daughter are very proud of their commitment to health.  They are committed to encouraging other families in their neighborhood to also build latrines - and help stop cholera before it can kill.

Your incredible generosity is truly empowering families to stop cholera in its tracks. Thank you for your compassion.

Mimose and her mother during the latrine's construction.

Mimose by her finished latrine!

 Story and photos by Joanne V. St. Louis, MD, PH