Good Sports: HYGIENE HELP FOR THE POOR
Two teenaged friends in Charlotte, North Carolina, have formed a nonprofit organization called HelpHygiene, hoping to provide hygiene products to underprivileged people in America and other countries.
Malika Rawal, 15, and Simran Bhargava, 14, have donated 1,200 toiletry items and 700 pairs of shoes to charitable organizations and collected $6,000 to fund their organization, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer. The friends plan to travel to India during Christmas break to distribute supplies and raise awareness about the importance of hygiene through visits to rural schools.
“There are a lot of diseases around the world that people pass away from that could be prevented by proper hygiene,” Simran told the Observer. “We have so much, and so many people have nothing.”
Homeless people in America could also benefit greatly from hygiene, Malika said. “For the homeless, sometimes hygiene is the last priority. They have to worry about food, water, and shelter. But if we can help them with hygiene needs, then we can make a lasting impact on their health.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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