With 1.4 billion people struggling to access clean water or hand-washing facilities, it’s vital that we help vulnerable people around the world maintain good hygiene – so they can stay safe from this dangerous and wide-spreading virus.
Thanks to Concern’s soap-making workshops, communities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, now have a source of income again, as well as a means to hand-wash effectively. This not only enables them to take control of their lives, but helps them protect themselves from COVID-19.
Programmes like this are incredibly powerful in communities where basic hygiene is a luxury. Because if we help one family stay safe, they can pass on their knowledge.
In fact, one workshop attendee has made soap-making a new business, alongside two of her neighbours. Mother of two Rosette (34) says she misses her life before COVID-19, but that she is thrilled with her new set of skills, thanks to the soap-making workshop.
“It helps me to have a little business to earn money to help my family and my community. I made banners and marketing it to my neighbours,” she says.
Similarly, workshops attendee Descades Santianna (26) said she will share her new skills with her friends and family, so they can help prevent COVID-19 in their area.
“Every skill you have is a new opportunity in life. Not only for me, for other people that I will share it with in my community. When you share what you've learned with others, even you die physically, what you've shared will stay alive,” she said,
“I say many thanks to Concern for this workshop because solid and liquid soap will be very helpful not only for me but for people in my community.”