A huge proud van woke up overnight that all was left in it was the driver’s cab! The rest was taken down and rebuilt piece by piece, with the help of our friends from Deltamed. Now, it has a new staircase, a generator, and two fans. Air conditioning, 2 showers, toilet, and sink. And changing cabins on top of all that.
That is everything it needs in order to offer 500 children from Moldovan villages the chance to cool off from the summer heat. If that were all, we would have been glad. But beyond the coolness, for many of the children I met in the Caravan, it was the first time they saw such a banal thing, you would say: a shower. Which re-anchors us in a painful reality: almost 25% of the Romanian population has an outdoor toilet, in the backyard, and people still wash themselves in the sink.
In extremely harsh terms, the pandemic taught us something, once again, about hygiene and its importance. That the hand washing is not a fad, but a necessity. In his absence, we risk our lives.
This mobile shower project was the captivating way in which we attracted children in discussions about how we can take care of our health.
Thank you very much Deltamed, for the spectacular transformation. The mobile shower is ”resting” now until the summer, when thanks to you, it sets off again, towards hundreds of other children who need it.