What is Global Handwashing Day?
Global Handwashing day (GHD) is a global annual advocacy that is designed to mobilize and motivate people around the world to imbibe the culture or habit of handwashing with soap and water. The campaign creates awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, affordable and effective way to prevent diseases and save lives.
How Global Handwashing Day helps?
GHD offers an opportunity for people around the world to learn, design, test and replicate creative ways to wash their hands at critical times. It was founded by the Global Handwashing Partnership and celebrated annually on October 15. The 2017 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Our Hands, our future”, which reminds us that we can build our future by the way we treat our hands.
Hope Spring Global Handwashing Day 2017
To mark the 2017 GHD, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation designed a one month programme to foster and support a local culture of handwashing with soap in Nigeria. The outreach involved empowering people with knowledge on handwashing through an interactive quiz program on social media.
Despite the many benefits that is associated with the simple act of handwashing, it is seldom practiced by many people in Nigeria and globally. Therefore, Hope Spring water Charity Foundation found it very important to promote the habit of handwashing through a ‘Catch them young’ campaign in schools in Nigeria. Children serve as change agents in their homes, communities and schools. Imbibing the culture of handwashing at an early stage in Life makes it a habit and the knowledge can be passed on through these children to effect behavioral change in their communities.
Project Summary and Impact
Commemorating the 2017 GHD, members of Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation, Lagos state chapter, visited Al Kittab Kiddies Cottage, Ojodu, IN Lagos State. The pupil were engaged in an interactive session to teach them the proper way to wash their hands in order to fight germs. A chart showing the step by step process of handwashing, was displayed to guide the pupil. The coordinator of the event, Mrs Hameedat Balogun, enlightened the participants on the importance of handwashing and with the help of volunteers and teachers, the pupil were made to wash their hands following the guideline on the chart and the demo by the facilitators.
Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation donated a handwashing basin to the school. Gokem International Limited, Lagos – manufacturers of Gobright liquid hand wash – supported the campaign with liquid hand wash packs, which were donated to the school. 15 handwashing liquids were donated to be used at the handwashing station set up by Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation. About 200 participants took part in this programme and were mainly pupil from pre-nursery to basic 5 class, aged between 3 and 10 years.
Mrs Hameedat Shade Balogun is the lead volunteer of Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation (HSWCF) in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also the fundraising coordinator of HSWCF in Nigeria.
A graduate of Mass Communication from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State, Nigeria, Mrs Balogun is passionate about women and girls rights. A passion which has driven her to work and volunteer for several NGOs, such as Sarah Adebisi Sosan Foundation (SASF), Change-A-Life Foundation and Tower Foundation. She is presently an entrepreneurship scholar at FATE Foundation.