Bright Hands, Bright Futures
What is it?
Bright Hands, Bright Futures is a Hand Washing Education Program designed to teach 1st through 6th graders the impact of soap use in lifelong health of themselves and their community. Teachers will be provided modules and activities that coincide with our interactive Coloring Workbook and encourage hand washing during the school day; before eating and after using the bathroom! Our goal is to reduce the number of school days missed by students and prevent diseases that hinder critical childhood development. By communicating directly with educators, Prospera also hopes to identify families with barriers to hand washing facilities.
We strive to make hand washing UNDERSTOOD, EASY TO REMEMBER, DESIRABLE, REWARDING, and MAKE IT A HABIT.
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 known as WASH. Prospera's Hand Washing Program, "Bright Hands Bright Futures" is being prepared for delivery in Panama in 2022 to teach 1st-6th graders the benefits of soap and change hand hygiene habits.
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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.