“You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness…. I will give you long, full lives” (Exodus 23:25).
In the Lira region of Uganda, people were consistently afflicted with health issues that could sometimes turn deadly. Violent stomach illnesses and skin infections were often considered an unfortunate but unavoidable part of life.
When World Challenge partners arrived, they found that only about 15 percent of the area had bathrooms, usually a pit dug in the ground. Human waste was regularly contaminating drinking water or causing other health issues.
Even those who had a latrine were not much better off than those without because no one practiced even basic hand-washing.