Simple hygiene lessons change mother’s world

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Hand washing is one of the earliest skills we teach our children. We lift them up to sinks, pump soap into their chubby hands, and tell them to sing “Happy Birthday” as they rub the suds over their fingers and palms.

We want our sons and daughters to wash up often so they’ll stay clean and healthy. But, not every mother around the world knows this lesson is important. Sakena didn’t.

Women in her society typically don’t attend school, so she never had the privilege of an education and the life lessons that come with it. Instead, she married at 15, and her life began revolving around the birth and raising of four children.

But, no one told Sakena how to keep her three sons and one daughter healthy. Eventually, they contracted terrible cases of diarrhea that she couldn’t control or prevent. After one of her sons missed more than a week of class, she had to contact his preschool and explain the situation.

Fortunately, that little boy attended a very special school. Supported by friends like you, it aims to help small children develop solid educational foundations and it also teaches them about proper hygiene, healthy eating, solid moral values, and more. And, the school’s kind staff members care deeply about not only their students but the general community, as well.

They go the extra mile to help both children and parents.

So, after Sakena explained her son’s absence, the principal showed up at her door and wanted to help. She surveyed the family’s home and taught this mother about the importance of cleanliness. She also identified several unsanitary places in the house that might have caused the children’s diarrhea, and she urged Sakena to use clean water for drinking and cooking, as well.

In our world, this advice would have been obvious—but for Sakena, it was revolutionary.

Pray for mothers like this one who love their children deeply but who never learned how to keep them healthy. Pray they receive the education they need so their families can thrive.


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