You may seldom think about children who live with constant diarrhea due to foul water and poor sanitation. We have clean, drinkable water in our homes and bathrooms with toilets and sinks. Soap is readily available. Nutritious food is easily obtained. These are simple things that we often take for granted. Yet for much of the world, these are unattainable luxuries.
Nargis and her husband, Abdul Goni, live in the Chalantika slum with their three young children. Her family did not know about hygiene within the home, and hand washing with soap after bathroom use was something they had never heard of. When ADRA workers visited their home, they invited Nargis to attend ADRA's hygiene, sanitation, and literacy classes.
ADRA's child survival programs teach the importance of clean water, of keeping water covered, and of bathing and keeping children clean. We teach mothers a simple intervention called oral rehydration therapy. This solution-which combines water, salts, and a form of sugar-saves the lives of millions of children from the ravages of diarrhea.
Today, your generous gift of $20 becomes $100 in assistance, your wonderful gift of $40 multiples fivefold to $200, or your sacrificial gift of $60 is actually worth $300 - all to support ADRA's lifesaving, life-changing programs. Invest in saving a life today!
We are training new mothers and pregnant women in the importance of taking good care of themselves as well as their children through proper feeding techniques, basic hygiene practices, monitoring of children's rates of growth, and vaccinating children to prevent life-threatening diseases. In the small country of Bangladesh, nearly 40 percent of families are living in extreme poverty, on less than $1 per day. The chances of children reaching the age of 5 are bleak.
Since joining, Nargis is now preparing nutritious meals for her family and monitors her children's growth and health. She boils water to ensure that it's safe for her and her family to drink and has enrolled her two oldest sons into school. Nargis shares all she has learned with her neighbors, and through her lifestyle changes, many other mothers are asking and learning about these simple lifesaving methods.
ADRA's training in Bangladesh has benefited more than 10,000 households, providing the opportunity for children to reach their full potential. No child should die from starvation and easily preventable diseases! Yet each day, more than 22,000 children under the age of 5 do. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles mourn over these little ones.
Today, you can give young children in the developing world a healthy life by supporting ADRA's child survival programs. Every dollar you give today helps ADRA develop, secure, and preserve up to five times more in programs and supplies. Where can you find a better return on your investment?