At SoapBox we're always striving to make the most of our impact on the communities we serve. We believe in making the one-for-one donation model better and in doing so we go beyond our bar donations. Your purchases also fund research. We support The Carter Center and the F.I. Proctor Foundation at UCSF in their efforts to see how water sanitation and hygiene education will help reduce trachoma infections. What’s trachoma? It’s the world’s leading infectious eye disease that can lead to blindness and is impacting lives in more than 50 countries.
The study has been going on for over a year with implementation having started this past November/December in Ethiopia. Their focus is on separating waste and how washing your face/hands can help prevent trachoma, which is most commonly found in children 1-10 years old. They are serving 20 communities in Amhara, Ethiopia with a reach of 2,424 households and 10,374 people in total.
Soap is expensive and not easily available to the people within the communities where the research is being conducted. They are providing two bars of soap per family each month, a wash station for each house hold (a plastic can with a plastic cap covering) and are also teaching hygiene education. Ten health promotion workers distribute the soap and promote hygiene education. Each worker represents two communities and is a local in the communities they serve. Just like us, The Carter Center and UCSF understand the importance of supporting the communities they serve rather than infiltrating with outside sources. The soap they distribute is also made in Ethiopia. They also recognize how hygiene education can better resonate within the communities if the lessons are taught by a familiar person who understands and is a part of the culture.
Your purchases go so far beyond the bars of soaps. You are part of our team that supports research for an answer to the solution of a worldwide disease. Your impact is saving lives and we are so humbled to have your support and to work with amazing organizations and universities such as The Carter Center and the F.I. Proctor Foundation at UCSF.
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