20 June 2019

Promoting handwashing for children in Kenya

Thanks to ChildFund supporters, we’re working with local governments to help reduce hygiene-related diseases...

In New Zealand, proper sanitation practices are an everyday part of life. We learn about hand-washing from our parents, and the message is further reinforced at school and beyond. In some communities around the world, however, poor sanitation and hygiene practices can have a detrimental impact on the lives of children and their families.

According to UNICEF, more than one in three people living in Kenya do not have access to proper sanitation facilities, and in some communities, this number jumps to nearly half.

Thanks to the support of ChildFund New Zealand supporters, we were able to partner with one local government in Kenya to promote Global Handwashing Day. The new programme, called ‘Clean Hands: A Recipe For Health’, taught 269 local children how to properly wash their hands with soap and water, following a visit to the latrine.

Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to encourage people to wash their hands with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Through the continued support of ChildFund sponsors, communities around the world have a better education and improved access to sanitation. Our goal is to help children thrive, and preventing diseases and saving lives is one way we are doing that.  

For just $8, you can provide children with the tools they need to wash their hands: https://www.childfund.org.nz/gifts-that-grow/handwashing-kit

Learn more about how we are helping children thrive: www.childfund.org.nz/thrive

If you'd like to visit our communities, take a look at this opportunity to win a trip to meet your sponsored child!

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