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I’d like to implement a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program to help the people of Nepal better access clean water through educational means that teach improved sanitation and hygiene practices. It is one thing to have water, but access to clean, drinkable water is another challenge. According to, water-and-sanitation related diseases are a leading cause of death for children under five, and over 800 children die daily from preventable disease caused by poor water, and a lack of sanitation and hygiene. The fact that these diseases are preventable is what fuels me to want to help. With the proper education and resources, we can help the people of Nepal properly treat their water, which would lead to an overall improved quality of life. The effects of waterborne disease keep children out of school which of course leads to a stunted education. In order to make a lasting change to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene, you have to start with education. Without educating Nepali people of these principles, diseases and infection are easier to contract, leading to decline in health. A project that I believe would be extremely beneficial to Nepal would be to instill educational programs into the schools and community centers, not only to teach the important basics of sanitation and hygiene, but to determine techniques that work for Nepal in particular. For example, things like using containers such as jerrycans for the storage of clean water, “tippy taps” for hand washing, or correctly accessing water through pouring out method rather than scooping. Education paired with implementation is crucial to improve quality of life in Nepal. It is important that habits are formed young to improve both current and future generations to come. This project matters to me because I have learned how big an issue this is in the world. I attend Allied Health and Sciences vocational high school in Monmouth County, New Jersey, a school that has long been known as a forward-looking school that prepares its students for the challenges of the 21st century. Specializing in the sciences and medicine, I have taken and continue to take a variety of healthcare and medical classes, in addition to doing local hospital rotations. I’ll never forget my Freshman year Dynamics of Healthcare class, where the first thing we learned was how to properly and most effectively wash our hands. This brought laughs at first, yet on our first try we were surprised to hear we were amateurs at handwashing. After learning the proper way, it has become a habit that I continue everyday. These classes and experiences have helped me pinpoint my desire to work in the healthcare field and improve the lives of others. I believe that working with the people of Nepal to determine the most hygienic water-gathering practices that work for them will lead to a lifetime of positive changes.

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Wash for the World
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Abigail Barrett.

Locust, NJ