Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
“Clean water, basic toilets, and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. Today, there are around 2.4 billion people who do not use improved sanitation, and 663 million who do not have access to improved water sources.
Without these basic needs, the lives of millions of children are at risk. For children under five, water- and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death. Every day, over 800 children die from preventable diseases caused by poor water, and a lack of sanitation and hygiene.” – UNICEF
Impact a Life Foundation has made health and hygiene training a priority in rural communities in Sierra Leone, West Africa. We regularly host community workshops where we teach the community about water, sanitation, and hygiene issues.
Women’s Health and Period Management
In Sierra Leone it is common for girls to drop out of school when they enter into the world of menstruation. Typically, they do not have means to take care of themselves when they are menstruating and they start to fall behind in class as they tend to stay home from school for a whole week each month. To address this problem, we’ve brought the Days For Girls training materials to Sierra Leone. We equip our female teachers and the community nurse with the knowledge, so that they may continue the work teaching their communities all about puberty in their local language, Temne. We host training sessions with school girls, as well as the women in the villages. We are committed to distributing reusable menstruation kits to all of the girls who attend Revive Africa Christian School, so that they will no longer have to stay home from school due to their period. The reusable kits cost $10 each and should last the girls for 3 years. Now that’s making an IMPACT!