Peace Corps Volunteer works to improve sanitation and prevent disease in Botswana

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Peace Corps Volunteer Brandon Lawson with community members in Botswana.

Peace Corps Volunteer Brandon Lawson of Springfield, Mo., is working to improve sanitation and health in his community in Botswana by constructing new facilities for safe, effective waste disposal that will prevent water contamination and disease. Lawson aims to build nearly 200 pit latrines — one for each family home in the community.

“In the first few months of my service, I immediately saw a need for sanitation,” said Lawson, a graduate of Drury University who has been in Botswana since 2011. “The local chief told me about children commonly dying from diarrhea, cholera and tuberculosis because of unsanitary conditions and water contamination.” Continue reading “Peace Corps Volunteer works to improve sanitation and prevent disease in Botswana”