Stories from Overseas

Uma’s story

Years after liberation, life was still incredibly tough for Uma Chaudhary, a former Kamaiya (bonded worker). Uma, who lives in Sarsa, Ghorahi of Dang district with her husband and their two sons, says she still found it difficult to be able to afford to provide two meals a day for her family. Read this article

Mr Ali’s dream

“My dream is that my village would be changed to become a healthier one – that every family will use a hygienic toilet and wash their hands using soap after defecating and before eating. I know it is not an easy task to transform the village by myself, but end of the day I can tell myself that I have tried,” said Eyasin Ali, a farmer from Digorbaid community in Northern Bangladesh. Read this article

From farmer to entrepreneur

Two years ago, Habitat for Humanity started working in a community in Northern Bangladesh to improve water, sanitation and hygiene practices amongst households. This included training to construct toilet facilities to a safer and more sustainable standard. Previously, people in the community would have likely used pit toilets which aren’t hygienic or practised open defecation.Read this article

Sophany’s story

Sophany is a 31-year-old taxi driver living in Phnom Penh with his wife and daughter. He only earns about $3 – $6 AUD a day and tries to supplement his income by taking up odd jobs, which vary based on the season. Sometimes he collects recyclables to sell and during the rainy season, he heads to the provinces to harvest rice for others. Read this article