My Name is Regina
Since joining Women for Women International, Regina has been working to improve the health of those in her community.
“The lessons on health and wellness opened my eyes to the importance of cleanliness in keeping me and those around me healthy. Before the training I was not aware of basic hygiene and would only quickly rinse utensils before serving food. I realised this was a risk for my family, as the utensils would not be clean and would put my family at risk of disease,” says Regina.
Regina also realised that the well where her family and her community fetches its water was very dirty, and nobody had taken responsibility for it. Concerned about the risk of dirty drinking water, Regina decided to take action. “I engaged other women in the community to help them understand the need for clean water, and we agreed to clean the well and also use water purifiers like chlorine and water guard in our homes for drinking water.”
With the help of other members of her community, she also plans to deepen their shallow water well and keep it clean. This will help it to retain water during the dry season as well as to prevent disease.
I will continue mobilising other women in the community in utilising the lessons I have learned, and I hope many more of them will be part of the training.
Regina has become a leader in her community, and her actions continue to have a ripple effect in contributing to other women and families in her community.
For reasons of security and privacy, we are using a photo of a different Women for Women International graduate to represent the woman in the story.
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I was alone and had to take care of the children who were all very young at the time. I couldn’t imagine them growing without their father around. He was the one who provided for them.
One of my friends told me about Women for Women International and how it provided training for women. That’s when I learned that I wasn’t alone in my suffering. There are other women, who have the same pain.
Joining the Women for Women International programme was the biggest change in my life. I found myself. I was convinced that I was alone, the only person who had experienced such difficulties.