Accessing Clean Water

We all know water is essential in our everyday lives. Water is important to life and is needed to sustain life. We know that water helps our food digest, it transports nutrients, chemicals and heat throughout the body. Water is used to improve sanitation and hygiene. We used water all day everyday think about the countries that don’t have access to clean water. We’re blessed to be able to turn the faucet on and have clean running water. The little things that we may take for granted people in West Africa are praying for.

Sanitation and hygiene are critical to health, survival, and development. Many countries are challenged in providing adequate sanitation for their entire populations, leaving people at risk for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related diseases. Throughout the world, an estimated 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation (more than 35% of the world’s population) . Basic sanitation is described as having access to facilities for the safe disposal of human waste (feces and urine), as well as having the ability to maintain hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection, industrial/hazardous waste management, and wastewater treatment and disposal.  In West Africa communities they’re not privileged to have running water.  One hundred and fifteen citizens in Africa die every hour from diseases caused by contaminated water and poor hygiene . The water in west Africa have Ebola in it and some countries have to carry their water and this is usually a females duty.

 

http://www.West African Environmental Studies

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/

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Childbirth Experience

My first experience as a mother came at a early age. I was only 15 when I became pregnant so my experience was scary as well as nervous. Until the day I had her everything changed it was love at first sight. When I first held her all of my doubts and fear was gone. I knew from that moment I had to sure she was well taken care of. She was my world and I had to protect her. No it wasn’t easy being a teenage mother by the grace of God and the support of my family I was able to graduate with my class and attend college. My daughter became my best friend to this day we talk everyday.

When I read about childbirth’s outside of America India became very interesting. The fathers or brothers decides where they will deliver the baby. Over 61 percent of India women deliver at home. At home, women are supported by the “wise women” of the family with massage and warm water, although this also varies by family. After the placenta is delivered, the cord is cut and an herbal oil, face powder, or ash mixture is rubbed on the cut section. The placenta is buried near the home, or in some communities burned. Nine days after birth, a ceremony is conducted at the placental burial site to announce the name of the baby.At home births, the baby is sometimes not caught after being delivered and remains lying on the floor until the placenta is delivered.

Code of Ethical Conduct

The three codes of conduct I chose is : 1. 1.3 To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities and potential of each child. 2. 1-5 To create and maintain safe and healthy  settings that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development and that respect their dignity and their contributions. 3. 1.9 To advocate for and ensure that all children including those with special needs, have access to the support services needed to be successful. 4. 1.2.3 To welcome all family members and encourage them to participate in the program.

When I read the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct these four stood out to me. We’re responsible for each of the children that we come in contact with to make sure we’re treating them with respect,we’re responsible for keeping them safe, helping them learn, having a safe environment. We are also committed to supporting their development and learning. Regardless of if they have a disability they’re still treated equal, my activities and classroom will be set-up accessible for them. My classroom will be inviting for the family members they’re welcomed to come in and volunteer anytime.

Words of Inspiration and Motivation

This week I chose quotes from Marian Wright Edelman and Lydon B Johnson.“Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.”
― Lyndon B. Johnson

“Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand up for much.” – Marian Wright Edelman

 

Children must have at least one person who believes in them. It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could be you. You never know when a little love, a little support will plant a small seed of hope. Marian Wright Edelman