Experts agree that certain important behaviors are learned by teaching hygiene education to children that promote their good health. A systematic review estimated handwashing with soap could decrease the risk of diarrhoeal diseases by 42–47 per cent (Curtis and Cairncross, 2003). Studies also show that this positive behavior learned in the classroom can have an even greater impact when the children take this newfound knowledge and introduce it into their homes.
For these reasons the Global Soap Project is passionate about partnering with in-country NGOs that focus on WASH in Schools. We recently spent some time in the Dominican Republic placing soap in classrooms and accompanying hygiene education with a partner which had just build new handwashing facilities at the schools.
We are committed to providing soap to these schools for many years to come because we understand that longterm benefits need a longterm commitment, and with our partner will monitor the positive impacts on the health of the children in these schools.