Our progress with the Eco-Soap Bank continues and we are now able to supply bars of soaps to many organisations throughout Sihanoukville. These bars are then given out (and kept in for use in centers etc) to the local communities. The most important step at this point is to make sure that the importance of hand washing is understood in regards to preventing illness. Therefor while handing out the bars, hygiene lessons are given on the proper ways to wash hands and the effect this has.
We ran a session at the center recently where we ran different activities with our students. Firstly brainstorming together everything they knew about bacteria and germs and filling in any gaps. We then did an experiment using glitter to represent the germs and getting children to shake hands and touch objects around the rooms to see how far the glitter (or germs) could spread from their original source. After this we did some hand washing training and made posters about how and why it is important to use soap.
The students seemed to understand its importance and all got soap to take home. It is the hope of the project that as it grows across Cambodia it could have a real impact into combating the number of illnesses and deaths in the country from caused by preventable diseases.