The most lasting experience on my trip to Zambia was the visit to Edith’s house. Edith is a 50-year-old grandmother living with HIV. She has lost all but one of her children. She is also raising her grandchildren and is doing so without access to clean water.
When we visited her home, one of her grandchildren was in bed sick and suffering with malaria. Her son works as a cattle herder for a measly $5 a month. This visit was by far the hardest family we saw. While it’s difficult to imagine, I am excited for Edith’s future. Once she completes the WASH program, she will have the opportunity to have a well which will completely change the lives of this family.