Our Wellness Club was established in 2016. The emphasis on the club is to educate and promote healthy living. The cost of this program includes purchasing of soap, vitamins, repairs and maintenance to the water stations along with a monthly stipend to our wellness club president who oversees the program.
When initially establishing this club, we installed 12 hand-washing stations at the primary and secondary schools in Ntandi. All 1,000 children have been educated regarding hand-washing and are provided soap and running water to wash their hands. Prior to our club, students had no idea of the importance of hand-washing and had no access to wash their hands. Most children had the idea that if hands don’t appear dirty, they aren’t. It has been reported since education and providing the stations that the rate of children missing school due to illness has decreased.
We have ensured that our children are not lacking calories but with only three foods per day, they are lacking nutrients. So we have began a vitamin program. Children 12 and below are given one chewable vitamin each day. Children 13 and above are given their own supply of vitamins every 90 days. We would love to have your donations to continue to keep this very important program going.
Shown are the children who were elected leaders in the Wellness Club, they meet once a month to discuss improving health and wellness. They encourage hand-washing and taking vitamins among their peers.
Also, a video of one of our children using one of the 12 hand-washing station that we have supplied. Improvements have been made to the stations since this post. Most all of our stations are now fully plumbed with a drainage platform.