For many of us in the United States, proper hygiene is something we take for granted. We have immediate access to basic toiletries like soap, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. Washing our hands and brushing our teeth are a part of our everyday routines- well, for most of us!
But for the poor living in Uganda, proper hygiene is often non-existent. Many are struggling just to access food and clean water, so hygiene becomes a low priority. Most of the people in Uganda are not even educated about the dangers of poor hygiene and sanitation and this causes the spread of AIDs and other diseases.
These diseases, which could easily be prevented by basic hygiene, are claiming lives in large numbers all throughout the country. Did you know that next to inadequate access to food, the leading causes of death for children in developing countries are illnesses related to poor hygiene and sanitation? These preventable illnesses claim more than 1.7 million lives each year. That’s nearly one-third of all child deaths!
Hand washing with soap is the single most effective way to prevent those deaths. In fact, soap is more effective than vaccines, medications, or clean water initiatives alone. Poor oral hygiene has also been linked to serious health complications.
The good news is we can make a difference. We are going to put together Care Kits for our team to take when they travel to New Hope’s sponsored village, Bunyinza, in July. The kits contain the following items: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail clippers, washcloth, hand towel, band aids, comb, and a personal note. For the cost of just $10, you can purchase a voucher that will make each Care Kit possible and provide the much-needed items these Ugandans need. Will you be part of providing hope to those in need?
Please go to http://bit.ly/carekits