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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
For the fifth consecutive year, hundreds of millions of people around the world today will celebrate Global Handwashing Day. Aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease, Global Handwashing Day has grown from a one-day celebration in a few cities to a worldwide movement that has mobilized significant investment in and political support for handwashing with soap.
This year there is much to celebrate. In 2011, 600,000 fewer children under five died than in 2008, the first year Global Handwashing Day was celebrated. Handwashing with soap has an important role to play in child survival and health. One of the most cost-effective interventions, simply handwashing with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrhea among children under five by almost 50 percent, and respiratory infections by nearly 25 percent.
To celebrate the day and the successes that five years of Global Handwashing awareness-raising has had, the Project WET Foundation is offering free downloads of our kid-friendly handwashing poster and coloring page in both English and Spanish. Just right for the classroom, the 11x17 posters will help remind even the youngest kids to wash their hands often—and well: