Author: Sarah Rexford
Remember those days as a child when we quickly rinsed our hands with water, then were directed right back to the sink and told to “use soap?”
Our parents weren’t trying to be persnickety but were teaching us to protect ourselves by simply using soap when washing our hands.
From Ignaz Semmelweis in the 1800s to our parents today, the effect handwashing has on our health has been proven time and time again.
Sometimes it’s still easy to forget its importance.
Our Hands, Our Future.
Hand washing protects our future as we work to remain healthy and have more strength and endurance, to do all God has called us to.
In 2014 during the Ebola Crisis, instituting proper handwashing in affected areas ultimately resulted in creating a type of defense system against the spread of the disease. Such a small thing as using soap, when rinsing our hands, helped control a deadly disease.
But thankfully, it doesn’t have to be such a large-scale issue for us to create change.
Change can start with us washing our hands to help stop the spread of common sicknesses, allowing children to go to school healthy.
Because of this, every year International Aid observes Global Handwashing Day.
This year we are excited to celebrate at Lake Hills Elementary in Grand Haven, Michigan, October 13. This event is closed to the public and only intended for the students at the school.
To entertain these children, there will be hand washing relays, games and prizes this year. Along with all the fun, we will have an educational presentation on the importance of hand washing with soap.
(On top of all this, last year we produced a catchy Wash Your Hands song and music video, and the great reveal will be this year as we show it to the students!)
The theme of this year’s celebration is Our Hands, Our Future, reminding us that hand washing protects our health as we build our futures. Thinking of the future, we strive for continued health and well-being for ourselves, our families, our communities and our world.
International Aid stands as a strong advocate of hand washing education and we are excited to bring this year’s Global Handwashing Day to Lake Hills Elementary.
We’ll have pictures and video of the kids having fun, while learning about proper hand washing, and we’ll share them with you all.