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Regina - South Sudan

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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.

Photo: Tadej Znidarcic
Photo: Tadej Znidarcic

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.

Photo: Women for Women International

Our work in South Sudan

Between 2006 and 2016, Women for Women International – South Sudan served more than 15,000 women through our year-long programme.