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June 26th 2016
Published: July 25th 2016
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Anne with her children. Nepman and Immanuel worked alongside us everyday. They were hard workers and clearly took pride in helping build their new home. We thought the two boys, quite mature for ages 16 and 14, were Habitat staff at first until we met the family at the end of the first build day.
Having lost her husband a number of years ago, Anne is a widow taking care of her 6 children: Nepiyala (Nepman), Mayeso (Immanuel), Cicilya, Amos, Senti and Hazitoni. To support her family and earn a living, Anne farms. Anne lives in a dilapidated house with a broken windows. Like most homes, it is constructed of unburnt bricks (mainly just dried dirt and water) and grass for its thatched roof. This means that the family experiences major leaks and a growing number of cracks during the rain season. The family's latrine fell so they must rely on the latrine of another family, creating an unhealthy environment. Anne shared with Habitat, "I'm not happy at all that my family does not stay together because of the size of my house, much more to continually use our neighbor's latrine in not healthy but what can we do."

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