This is a story related to a poor family of five where incidence of diseases has been reduced by ERDS, thereby improving their life and increasing productivity.

BitiaHemrom, whose family comprises five members, is a resident of Bamonpukur village (Post Office Parul) in Gajole block of Malda district, West Bengal, India. Her sons are 17 and 15 respectively; her daughter is 14 while her husband’s name is Mangol Mardi. Her family is very poor and the members had to suffer from gastric diseases, dysentery, diarrhea and rickets earlier as they had to relieve themselves and defecate in the open fields, by the side of lakes and in the embankments of canals nearby.

“We had to go through a lot of suffering due to stomach ailments because of which our cost of living went up,” says Bitia. “There was hardly any organization that we could turn to for help.”

On learning of their plight, ERDS intervened and bore the entire cost of building a twin-pit toilet (Indian style) at Bitia’s house. “The incidence of diseases has come down. We are now able to save on time. As a result, we are able to work for a longer period of time,” says Bitia. “And for this I am grateful to ERDS.”
Today, Bitia exhorts others to follow in her footsteps.