50,000 children die every year in Honduras from waterborne diseases caused by bacterial contamination and inadequate sanitation. In the Cloud Forest, high in the mountains of Honduras, 80 communities lack access to clean water. With the help of a grant from the Kiwanis International Foundation and dedicated U.S. and Honduran student volunteers, the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way, Washington, travelled to these communities and provided treatment to children for the removal of parasites and worms.
These waterborne diseases and parasites are the leading causes of death for children under 5 years old—it kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. And in Honduras, that fact is a grim reality; tens of thousands of children die annually and many more are affected.
During 2013, the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way travelled across streams, over rickety bridges and through dense jungle to deliver anti-parasitic medicines and vitamins to children in communities high in the Cloud Forest. Overall, the club visited and provided treatment to 31 schools and provided medicine and vitamins for seven more schools they couldn’t reach. They also visited a handful of communities without schools, ensuring all families have access to these treatments.
Talk about extending your Kiwanis impact! From Northwestern Washington state all the way to Southern Central America, the Kiwanis International Foundation helped one club change the lives of children.
Hear more about this club’s project in their video report on YouTube.