Diarrheal diseases kill approximately 1.8 million people per year. Globally, approximately 2.5 billion cases of diarrhea occur among children under 5 years old every year. About 80 percent of those cases are in Africa and South Asia. The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank promote hand washing with soap as the most efficient and cost effective intervention to reduce this tragic statistic.
Besides combatting diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea, improved hygiene with soap also addresses a wide range of lesser known, but nevertheless debilitating, tropical diseases. These illnesses often are neglected by an overwhelmed medical system in developing countries
Saving lives requires not only access to soap, but also a holistic approach that integrates soap into a healthy water, sanitation and hygiene program.
The Global Soap Project works with partners around the world to provide access to soap in a sustainable manner to enhance long-term and comprehensive local water, sanitation and hygiene programs. The recipients we target include maternal health programs, schools, community health providers, and nutrition programs
There are many examples of poor hand washing results even when soap is available. Perhaps surprisingly, in the United States less than half of people wash their hands after using the toilet. To address this, the Global Soap Project is actively partners with the Public Private Partnership for Global Handwashing (PPPHW), members of private industry, the CDC, as well as academia to develop more effective approaches and programs to create lasting hand washing habits.
The Global Soap Project believes in local solutions for local challenges. By providing microloans to budding soapmakers and sellers, we empower locals in the developing world to engage in hygiene promotion with economic gain.
There is no shortage of worthwhile and innovative charitable organizations to which you can contribute time and money. Here are some of the compelling reasons why the Global Soap Project is an excellent beneficiary of your gift:
- More than 1.8 million children die from hygiene and sanitation related illnesses each year, and handwashing with soap is the most effective way to prevent those deaths;
- A gift of $25 can provide a year’s supply of soap and hygiene education to three people, $50 can help 5 people, and $100 can assist 10 people for a year.
- Nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated goes toward program costs.