Concern has been supplying cleaning soaps since the pandemic began in countries such as Syria, Haiti, Malawi, Niger and Somalia where many struggle to afford basic items.
“Cleaning hands is essential in crowded slums to help prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said Kwanli Klaudstrup, Concern’s country director in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. “But many of the people we help can’t afford a simple bar of soap – so we had to do something to try and prevent them getting this lethal virus.”
In Haiti, Concern, with help from Irish Aid, also provided money and training for unemployed people to make their own soap to use and sell, which has been running successfully in Cité Soleil, Haiti’s largest slum.
"It is not easy for me to buy soap in my community,” said Sterline Dieu (28) who is now making and selling liquid and solid soap in Cité Soleil.