In Bangladesh, through hygiene training and awareness sessions, we’re helping communities understand the importance of handwashing with soap, to enable them to lead healthier lives.
As a result of attending the sessions, 9-year old Sumaya Akter now maintains good hygiene practices. She says, “I read in class four in Dhaka. Earlier I was not aware about the benefits of hand washing and was affected by different waterborne diseases and couldn’t attend school. After receiving hygiene education from WSUP , I wash my hands with soap after toilet and before taking food. Now, I am healthy and go to school regularly.’’
Sumaya lives with her parents in the Duaripara low-income community in Dhaka. Her father is a day labourer and her mother works in other people’s homes to earn a living.
“Earlier we didn’t have a toilet and were not aware about the benefits of improved hygiene practices which resulted in us falling sick frequently,” says her mother. “WSUP supported us to install a hygienic toilet and provided hygiene education which we are practicing. Now, we are leading healthy lives and my kids go to school regularly. I am also regular in my work which I couldn’t do before due to sickness.’’