Save the Children Asks: Do You Know Your Dirty Words?

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Agency Releases Series of Videos to Educate Children and Adults on Conditions in Schools in the Developing Worl

Save the Children is asking children and adults to test their knowledge of dirty words. The global humanitarian organization released a series of fun videos on YouTube this week taking on four dirty words: germs, toilets, worms and dirty water.

Through the “Dirty Word” videos, the agency seeks to highlight the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions at schools in developing countries, and simple solutions that are helping children stay healthy so they can stay in school and learn.

The series, narrated by Seung Lee, Save the Children’s director of School Health and Nutrition, includes interviews with school children in Nepal, who have seen changes among their peers and at their school since simple health, sanitation and hygiene measures were put in place.

The video series includes:

  •     Dirty Word: Germs – In poor countries around the world clean water and soap at school are hard to come by. And when children do not wash their hands, they get sick. Each year, children miss 272 million school days because of diarrhea. The video highlights the installation of child-friendly hand-washing stations in schools to help stop the spread of preventable diseases.
  •     Dirty Word: Toilets – In many developing countries around the world, school children have limited or no access to a bathroom during the school day. Two out of three schools in poor countries do not have decent toilets. The video highlights the installation of child-friendly toilets in schools for boys and girls so they have a private and convenient place to go the bathroom.
  •     Dirty Word: Worms – In poor countries around the world, contracting worms is a risk faced daily by many children. About 400 million school-age children in the developing world have worms. The video highlights how de-worming medicines and iron supplements keep children healthy.
  •     Dirty Word: Dirty Water – Across the world, many children have little or no access to clean drinking water at school. Almost 1 billion people lack clean drinking water globally. The video highlights the installation of hand pumps and the testing of local water sources for bacteria and poisons.

The videos are being released ahead of a major October 13 event in Washington, DC, by a coalition of nearly 30 organizations, including Save the Children, calling for increased action and funding for water, sanitation and hygiene in schools programs globally to achieve universal education. The videos also mark Global Handwashing Day on October 15.

The installation of toilets, hand-washing stations, hand pumps and de-worming campaigns are part of Save the Children’s School Health and Nutrition programs in about 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The program includes providing children with access to safe and child-friendly water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and education.

Save the Children is the leading, independent organization that creates lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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