Why is Our Work Important?
Spring Semester 2021, the Cross Cultural Communications class at SWAU is working with Prospera to develop a Hand-washing promotion program!
As of 2017 in a study completed by Unicef and the WHO, 3 billion people still lacked basic hand washing facilities and supplies at home. More than 300,000 children under the age of five died each year due to diarrhoeal infections linked to a lack of safe drinking water and sanitation – a rate of 800 per day- that could have been prevented by proper handwashing.
Data and education in the areas of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene are more commonly known as WASH. Prospera is developing a health education program specifically for Panama based on the most successful and relevant WASH information available.
GET KIDS TO SCHOOL!
When it's successful the results are tangible. Based on programs within tracked and participating schools, WASH Education and soap use can reduce school absenteeism by 60%! (https://washdata.org/reports) Healthier kids miss school less often!
We are empowering women with income through dignified work. With more family income women more often choose to provide better food for the table, clothes for their children, and home repairs that all support better long term health.
How Soap Recycling Prevents Disease and Provides Jobs:
Our collaborator Eco Soap Bank was founded in 2014, operates in 10 countries, and has sustainably supplied over 650,000 people with soap and hygiene education. Here is their founder Samir Lakhani giving a Ted Talk on the life-saving power of soap!