The HELP (Higher Education Leadership Program) students continue to take the lead on health in the Dominican Republic. Back in March a few of our students started to take charge of teaching the younger children the importance of health. We’re thrilled they are continuing their work today!
You might think that hand washing seems so simple, but what seems like such a simple task can make a huge difference in the lives of children and people around the world. Hand washing with soap can stop the deadly impact of pneumonia, diarrhea, and infections. Research studies have demonstrated that the risk of diarrhea can be reduced up to 47% through hand washing.
After a recent team visited the Dominican Republic to assist teachers in showing students the importance of preventative hygiene, the HELP students carried on all they had learned.
One of our local Dominican staff members from La Represa gave some feedback from the recent hygiene teachings.
“We had a great time sharing about the importance of washing hands to almost 240 kids. It was a great time and the children all learned a lot. Miguelina Morillo, Paola Rivas (HELP students) and Bersy Reyes were the ones collaborating in this process. They did a great job and the children enjoyed every part of it, especially the younger ones. Some of the teachers participated with us and it is my hope that they will continue to encourage them to wash their hands as many times as necessary so they stay healthy and keep others healthy as well.”
We’re excited to see that the teachers and student leaders are taking ownership of improving health in their own country.