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Helping Hands Tackles Hygiene

The Dirty Facts

Dirty hands and dirty water spread disease quickly and never more so than when you have hundreds of children living and learning in close proximity to each other… and children who eat with their hands.

The Reality in rural Uganda

Eating and drinking is a dangerous thing as germs spread from faeces which contaminate hands, water sources and food. For young children with poor immune systems the risk becomes higher and especially so when parents do not know how to treat diarrhoea. Often mothers stop giving their child liquids when they become ill and so many young children die of simply dehydration.

The Way Forward

Helping Hands has taken a three-pronged approach to improve hygiene:

A gift of £120 will allow us to build a toilet block for a school full of children. A gift of £15 will mean that we can put a hand-washing facility in place. See Giving to Children in Uganda.

See also Video: Teaching Adults in Uganda and Video: Latrine in a Ugandan school.

Children washing hands in Uganda
A latrine in rural Uganda