Teaching Personal Hygiene to Children in Paraguay
I strongly believe that once you have seen poverty and the limitations that go along with it, you will never be the same person. I was born and raised in Paraguay, so I know what extreme poverty looks like. The Legacy Grant gave me the opportunity to educate young kids in Paraguay about the importance of personal hygiene for good health by providing kits that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, insect repellent, soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
The goal was to teach children how to properly wash their hands, brush their teeth, and take care of themselves. I gave a brief talk in a pediatric hospital as well as to pupils in several grades in a public school, explaining the use of every item in the kit. I also created a pamphlet with diagrams that children could take home so their family could also learn—important as most people cannot read. In total, 283 hygiene kits were given to kids and teenagers.
I have to be honest: I thought that the hygiene kits were not going to make a huge impact, until a kid asked me, "Mba'e piko koa?" (What is this?) while holding the dental floss. The things we take for granted can make a huge impact on someone else.
I am very grateful for and honored by the opportunity the Legacy Grant has given me to help educate my people, and to remind me that there is no such thing as “small change,” because the only way we can make this world a better place is by impacting one life at a time.
—Judith Mura ’19