Take a pledge and help a child reach 5

Every year, more than 3.5 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhoea and pneumonia. Hand washing with soap is amongst the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent those two diseases. You can help a child reach the age of 5 by taking a simple pledge.

Since I was pregnant, I become more aware and mindful of my personal hygiene. I will always use soap when I wash my hands and make sure I do these 8 steps to hand washing:

[caption id="attachment_478" align="aligncenter" width="500"] 8 steps for hand washing from HPB[/caption]

When Ayra arrived, hand washing is an even more active affair for everyone in the family. Before we carry or touch her, we always ensure that our hands are clean. We even had hand sterilizer near her baby cot for those who forgot to wash their hands.

Now that Ayra is a year old, she is able to walk around the house on her own, she will touch everything around her and even run her fingers into all kind of holes and grooves around the house. We showed her how to wash her hands a few times and she picked up the action very quickly. Then we introduced soap into the washing and she is doing it fine.

[caption id="attachment_497" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Sniff sniff, something aren't smelling so nice. Must be the swing from the playground, I want to wash my hands."[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_499" align="aligncenter" width="492"] "Let's wash our hands!"[/caption]

Proper handwashing requires soap and water. By rubbing, soap breaks down the grease and dirt that carry most germs. Lifebuoy handwash kills 99.9% of germs in just 10 seconds.

I cannot stress enough the importance of hand washing to everyone around me. When I learned about Lifebuoy's mission to spread awareness of hand washing, I jumped onto the opportunity.

[caption id="attachment_479" align="aligncenter" width="500"] With each pledge, Lifebuoy teaches a child hygiene education to help them reach the age of 5. Take a pledge now.[/caption]

Unilever, through its Lifebuoy brand, will work with the Millennium Villages Initiative to bring hygiene education to children across 10 countries in Africa. Through this campaign, they are able to save young children from potentially fatal diseases caused by poor hygiene. One at a time, they will help them reach their 5th birthday!

Here's a clip on how Lifebuoy help the children in Africa learn the basic of hand washing.

Today, 15 October, is Global Handwashing Day, an initiative by Lifebuoy. Take this opportunity to teach your child the proper way to hand washing today.

Find out more on Lifebuoy's page on Facebook.

And don't forget to take a pledge while you're visiting the page.

[caption id="attachment_500" align="aligncenter" width="500"] I've taken my pledge. Have you?[/caption]

This post is sponsored by Lifebuoy. All opinions are 100% my own.