May 8, 2014
Hand-washing and its implications for hygiene are some of the most critical aspects of the ripple effect of clean water. That’s why we’re so happy to see these photos that our partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georges Malaika Foundation, sent us this week of the students at the Georges Malaika School for Girls washing their hands with soap and clean water from the Voss Foundation well.
1500 bacteria live on just 1 centimeter of your hand and 2 million children die each year from water-related diseases, but washing hands with soap and clean water can reduce that number by 47%. Access to hygiene facilities like the hand-washing stations at the GMF School, shown in these photos, can ward off germs that cause diarrhea, skin diseases, eye worms and intestinal worms, which are common in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Hygiene education is an important part of the GMF school’s curriculum. We’re grateful to our partners for continuing to follow up to show us that their students are still benefiting from the clean water well we funded onsite at the school through our 2010 Women Helping Women clean water project. Isn’t it wonderful to know that our impact continues to grow, years after implementation?