For many Cambodians, a bar of soap is a luxury they cannot afford.
Yet children living in rural areas are vulnerable to disease simply because they are unable to wash their hands.
According to UNICEF, diarrheal diseases alone account for one in five deaths of Cambodian children age 5 and younger, largely due to poor hygiene practices.
In 2014, as a college student, Samir Lakhani saw the issue firsthand while volunteering in a Cambodian village.
“I remember quite vividly a mother bathing her newborn in a basin filled with laundry powder and water,” said Lakhani, now 24. “It’s an image I’ll never get out of my mind.”
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