With the outbreak of cholera sweeping through Zambia, we are, once again, reminded of the importance of hygiene.
By early May, cholera cases in Monze District totalled 42 and, in an attempt to contain the disease, the government put restrictions on public gatherings. The international Labour Day celebrations which were planned for May were postponed. And schools, which had remained closed since the holidays, have only just reopened.
In our Committee Meetings we regularly celebrate how your generosity and kindness makes such a positive impact on the lives of the needy and vulnerable we seek to serve. For example, the washing station, purchased through funds raised by Hope and Market Square Uniting Church Toddler Group in Merthyr Tydfil, is used to promote hand washing in Muumba School. The idea is that the children will be encouraged to wash their hands after using the toilet and then introduce this practice to their families at home.
It is so easy for us to take for granted the resources we have at our disposal and the things we do instinctively which keep us clean and healthy.
But in Zambia, and many other countries, it can mean the difference between life and death.