In my last post on Help a Child Reach 5, I had outlined the importance of regular handwashing in reducing children mortality in villages. It is heartwrenching that little children die due to lack of hygiene. It is every parent’s worst nightmare, and it must be avoided at all costs. Even in cities, we need to inculcate the healthy habit of handwashing to cut down on diarrhea that children are at risk of due to poor hygiene.
15th of October is being celebrated as Global Handwashing Day. More than 200 million people from over 100 countries are participating in spreading awareness for this noble cause. Just the simple act of washing hands can cut down more than 40% of all instances of diarrhea in children. It is surprising that most mothers are even not aware of the power of this simple act. And, we must all work towards spreading this awareness both to the children and parents. Talk to your helpers – house helps, baby sitters, cooks, vegetable vendors and others and explain to them the importance of this act.
Just like Gondappa in the video above, we need to act now so that the children in our cities and villages grow to be 5 years and above. Lifebuoy is tirelessly working to make Thesgora, Gondappa’s village, reach a stage when all its children will live beyond 5 years. Let us join in the effort with whatever we can do.
What can you and I do?
- Tweet the above video with the #HelpAChildReach5 hashtag to create more awareness
- Pledge your support to the cause and join millions globally in this noble initiative at Lifebuoy’s Facebook page here
Spread the message:
Global Handwashing Day is being celebrated across all continents with the emphasis on helping every child reach the age of 5. Younger children are more vulnerable to dying from diarrhea. It must be remembered that children are being targeted to spread this awareness because they are normally receptive to new and better information. Once aware of the importance of handwashing, they can help educate their parents and other adults in their community and can help everyone safeguard precious lives.
Global Handwashing Day is being endorsed by a plethora of government organizations, NGOs, international agencies, corporates and involved individuals. Let us stop 2 million children from dying every year. Let us all promote the cause of handwashing and save our kids! Every bit counts!
This post has been sponsored by Lifebuoy, but all thoughts are my own.
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