After sleeping in for an extra 30 minutes, we all excitedly headed out for a day of public health brigades. We split up into 3 groups: 2 groups building sanitary stations which include a sink, a toilet, a shower, and a sewage tank, and the other group putting down concrete floors. The sanitary station gives the families a place to improve their hygiene habits to avoid common illnesses. The sewage tank is also extremely important because many diseases are caused by sewage mixing with the drinking water, so the sewage tank will help keep the drinking water clean. The concrete floors are also extremely important to have to avoid foot diseases that can be picked up from bugs or viruses in the dirt. To our group, public health was an important part of our brigade because we could physically see the long lasting impact that these projects would leave on the families. It was amazing for us to be able to meet our family and work with them to build something sustainable. Our group worked tirelessly to mix concrete and level the bricks to create sound structures. We had almost finished by the time we left, so we drove away excited to see the fruits of our labor be finished the next day.
-Casey Salandra, Brigader