Hi Metropolis! I’m Ngosa Chungu
and welcome to Zambia. For you in the Netherlands
and for many people here in the capital Lusaka… this plastic bag is used for groceries. But in the township of Kanyama
it is used for something else entirely. I must warn you,
especially those of you who are sensitive… that it is not going to be pretty. As you can see, people defecate in plastic bags
and throw them here. I have been suffering to clean this place up.
But they keep dumping the bags here. They do not use the toilets that were built close by
because they do not want to pay a fee. We clean this place everyday. Then the people that live over there
throw their rubbish on the spot we just cleaned. The lack of working toilets leave some
residents but no other choice… then to relieve themselves in plastic bags. Once filled and tied, these bags
are left on the streets or… as the name of this phenomenon
‘flying toilet’ implies… just tossed as far as possible. They block the water drainage system
and when they burst open… they cause diseases like cholera and diarrhea. Plastic is a real problem in Kanyama
and the surrounding community. and flying toilets only compound the issue. That has not stopped this community leader.
He is not too holy to get his hands dirty. Meet pastor Elijah. Say with me: My God…
– “My God!” I will learn today…
– “I will learn today!” to be a clean person…
– “to be a clean person!” and not just my body!
– “Not just my body!” If you walk around in a compound
such as Kanyama or Misisi… you will see that some of the houses
do not have enough pit latrines. But if somebody eats, you know… you need to dispose it at the end of the day. Now. Where are you going to dispose? That’s why they use beer cans, plastic bags…
They throw them on the roof. As long as that person feel relieved
at the end of the day. They do not know the dangers
of just throwing everything away. They do not know about the dangers
of human feces. Say: You, my brain.
“You, my brain!” Learn to be clean.
“Learn to be clean!” Your God is a clean God.
“Your God is a clean God!” God told Moses that when you set up your camp,
place your toilets to the west. To where the wind is blowing. Don’t build your toilet up upwind.
Build it downwind! Because otherwise the wind is carrying diseases. The carelesness of the disposal
of plastics and bottles… Young kids and babies are easily
getting diseases. We thought, at the church, we had to start
educating the people about this thing. Because not everything can be prayed for.
Sometimes you just need your common sense. The more you engage them
on a consistent basis… the easier the message is going to be spread. And even the environment is going to be free
from certain diseases. Like cholera and diarrhea. We have the power of reasoning. The government will not do everything for us,
we should think about it ourselves. God will not do everything for us,
we should think about it ourselves. Say amen if you agree with me.
– Amen! Say amen if it touched you.
– Amen! I expected the unexpected, but holy shit! This has been an eye-opening experience. Thank you Metropolis viewers for watching. Please do not forget to leave comments below.
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