Thank You for the Soap!

10/21/13

It's amazing the difference a bar of soap can make. 

 
You probably know soap kills germs and keeps children healthy. But did you know that not having soap can actually affect a child's growth? 
 
A recent study found that children with regular access to soap grew about half a centimeter taller than children with no soap. 
 
A recent study found that soap can actually help a child's growth
          A recent study found that, in addition to promoting good health, soap can actually help a child's growth. 
 
A simple bar of soap can also restore a child’s dignity. Just imagine living your whole life knowing you are dirty and smelly, but not being able to do anything about it.
 
Many of the children we serve remember a time when they had no soap
Many of the children we serve remember a time when they had no soap, and say it was humiliating to always be dirty. 
 
Hundreds of children in Malawi and the Dominican Republic are experiencing the benefits of soap right now, because of generous people who gave the gift of soap last spring. 
 
Luis was one of the children in the Dominican Republic who received soap because of your gifts. 
 
"I felt very happy when I got soap," says Luis.
                          "I felt very happy when I got soap," says Luis. "Soap is necessary to grow up healthy."
 
Like most children in the areas we serve, Luis knows what it feels like to never be clean. "Many times, I would take a bath without soap, but I would not feel clean," he says. 
 
Now that his family has a good supply of soap, Luis can get clean every time he bathes. "I felt very happy when I got soap," he says. "Soap is necessary to grow up healthy." 
 
Luis wants to be a policeman in his community when he grows up—a good one who will protect the children, he says. Soap may seem like a small gift, but Luis knows it will help him achieve his goals. "I want to be a policeman, and having soap, my body will be clean," he says. 
 
Thank you for providing soap for children like Luis!
 
Do you know someone who would like to give soap to children this Christmas? Provide soap for children in need this Christmas, in honor of a loved one!