Clean Hands and Clean Water
Together with Unilever, we work with local governments to increase handwashing with soap in schools and communities across Kenya, Vietnam and Zimbabwe – three countries where handwashing with soap practices are low. This joint initiative ensures that handwashing with soap education and behavior change communication reach school children and their communities. Using Lifebuoy soap products and a 21-day behavior change communication program developed by Lifebuoy, teachers and community health workers engage school-aged children to change behaviors through handwashing programs and activities, such as song writing, comic books and handwashing pledges. We know that when children learn and understand healthy behaviors, they help pass on life-saving information to their families at home and future generations – setting off a powerful ripple effect. This program has reached over 1 million people so far.
To ensure access to safe drinking water in the areas around Bhopal in India, we partnered with Unilever to develop the Waterworks program. Local women from the community are trained on clean water and hygiene education and work within their locale to provide this information and a Unilever Pureit water filter to those most in need.