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Clean Hands on World Water Day 2015

Posted Mar 24, 2015

“Wash your hands, always use soap…” sing the children of the elementary school in Choles, Colombia. They learned how to properly clean their hands during a fair organized by Aguayuda and the school teachers in celebration of the 2015 World Water Day.
More than 150 children from Choles and the neighboring community Comejenes attended the half-day fair held on the 24th of March. Some of the children had prepared poems that talked about the importance of water. Others acted in a play along with their teachers to explain the health risks of drinking and bathing in contaminated river-water in a simple to understand way to the rest of the group. All children then rotated through different workshops that included learning about water-related diseases, sanitation, hand-washing, water and waste management.

Particularly in schools and other places where many people come together, personal hygiene is important for everyone to stay healthy. Hand-washing alone can already reduce the risk of diarrheal diseases by up to 40%. As part of the event the school thus received a donation of three Tippy Tap hand-washing stations and in the workshops the children learned about the critical moments when to wash their hands and how to do so in the best way.

It’s been wonderful to see the kids’ energy as they learned about some simple changes to help themselves stay healthy. With the help of the teachers they will be able to build in hand-washing into their daily routine for a healthier future.

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