The AAVia Foundation for the Health of Bolivian Children is funding the Clean Hands, Healthy Schools program to promote hand and dental hygiene to elementary school children in rural Bolivia.

Nursing students from the nearby School of Nursing at Pucarani hold educational lessons for children, teachers, parents and community leaders to raise awareness about the importance of handwashing.

The School of Nursing at Pucarani previously ran this program in other elementary schools, and received funding from the AAVia Foundation in 2015. After the success of the program and the requests of other schools to bring the education to their students, the School of Nursing at Pucarani is working with new schools to provide the hygiene lessons.

Funding from the AAVia Foundation will be used to provide 1,100 children with a toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, personal towel and nail clippers, along with the educational materials for the program.

“On behalf of the children of the Altiplano region, we thank you for this partnership,” said Luciana Laruta Salazar, director of the School of Nursing and project manager for Clean Hands, Healthy Schools. Laruta Salazar previously visited Rochester in September 2015, where the AAVia Foundation facilitated meetings with local nursing schools to share experiences and knowledge.

For information: AAViaFoundation.org.