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Partnering with Children International to save even more lives in Zambia

Clean the World partners with Children International to save even more lives in Zambia

Children International works to save and improve the lives of children living in poverty by providing health, education, empowerment, and employment. In 2016, Clean the World partnered with Children International to deliver soap and hygiene education to vulnerable, impoverished children in Zambia.

The Partnership

The partnership between Clean the World and Children International focuses on the health aspect of their mission, which is where the two organizations align nicely.

Clean the World saw the value in partnering with Children International as a way to reach an even greater number of children with soap and hygiene education.

In certain regions in Zambia, poor hygiene practices are a major problem resulting in outbreaks of diseases such as respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, worm infestations, and eye infections. Bacteria in these communities spread quickly through the entire populations and affect all members of the family. Through this collaboration, Field Offices and Health Personnel have carried out health talks with a focus on hygiene education and sanitation. Along with these vital health talks, Health Personnel has provided hand washing demonstrations, and hand washing promotion campaigns that are matched with access to our Clean the World bars of soap.  The availability of the soap bars promotes good hygiene throughout these communities and even good hygiene practices at home.

The Results

Through this collaboration last year, we shipped over 232,000 bars of soap to Lusaka, Zambia. We were able to provide nearly 45,000 individuals with bars of soap. Out of this population, 8,138 were 3 to 11 years old and 7,157 were 12 to 18 years old. This type of partnership is exactly how Clean the World wants to complement and extend its own initiatives.

Soap in Schools program is Saving Lives in Tanzania

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools is Saving Lives in Tanzania

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools program in Tanzania launched in September 2016. During Soap in Schools, we teach proper handwashing techniques and distribute soap every two to three weeks to over 5,000 elementary school children. These children and their families in Tanzania need our Soap in Schools program because they live in areas with widespread, life-threatening hygiene-related illnesses.

Seeing Positive Results:

We’re excited to announce the results of our six-month impact assessment in Tanzania. Because of our Soap in Schools program, instances of diarrheal disease and pneumonia are down 49 percent, and school attendance is up 42 percent across the entire population.

Our program has proven that children and their families are healthier, going to school more, and on their way of breaking the cycle of poverty that has plagued their communities for generations. The positive impact Soap in Schools is making globally is something to celebrate. These results are getting closer to those we saw from our Kenya Soap in Schools program – and the amazing results are a reminder that our collective efforts really do make a huge, lifesaving impact.

Soap Saves Lives:

Because of the difference, our international Soap in Schools program is making in Kenya and Tanzania, we’ll soon be launching Soap in Schools in India and Haiti in the coming months. By this September, roughly 25,000 children will be participating in our Soap in Schools programs around the world each month.

We truly are improving health and saving lives, one bar of soap at a time.

 


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.