Handy Shower Devices helping Women with Disabilities.
Village Pillars Empowerment Project partnered with Handy Shower Company, a social enterprise that manufactures handwash and handyshower devices to help communities that have scarce access to water, to help them wash hands and bathe effectively and still save water. In February 2020, we went with a team of vibrant young people to the heart of Kakamega County, in a village called Shikoti, to distribute handwash and handyshower devices to vulnerable people in the community. We donated devices to old women, old men, compound families, Muslim families to use in their toilets, families with sick patients that need to be bathed and even in public toilets to help with washing hands after using the facilities.
We have handpicked some of the touching stories of the women whose lives we touched, and how this device is going to improve their life.
This is Mama Phillis. She is 60 years old. She lives in Shikoti Village. Mama Phillis has a medical condition that has made her right leg to be swollen, and hence has become paralysed. This is a condition that could easily have been solved earlier, with the right medication, but because of lack of funds, she has lived with that condition for 6 years now, and it has gotten worse. She stays with her grand-daughter, Nafula, who takes care of her. Mama Phillis has to be bathed, clothed, assisted with nature calls, and even carried outside to bask in the sun and carried back in.
When we donated the handyshower device to them, we could clearly see the relief and joy in their eyes, because Nafula can now easily bathe her grandmother and still save water, considering the fact that the houses are not piped with water, so the water that is fetched from the river has to be used sparingly. We live for days like this where we put a smile on people’s face.