Sanitary precautions in the United States are a fairly regular social norm. Every public restroom has clean water for hand washing. Everyone agrees to the subconscious social contract to clean up after your own mess and actively practice sanitary precautions, especially in public areas.
In other countries, citizens aren’t as fortunate. Many South American, African, and South Asian countries don’t have regular access to clean water for sanitary purposes. This lack of necessary resources has led to a global wave of deaths. Just behind pneumonia and preterm birth complications, diarrheal diseases are the third leading cause of death globally among children. Diarrheal diseases are treatable and can be preventable with access to clean water.
English Entrepreneur Judith Edwards discovered the severity of Panama’s water access in 2019, when two Panamanian children who lived close to their home perished in a wildfire, which could have been easily prevented with access to water. Following this tragedy, Edwards spoke with many locals to learn more about the reality of Panama’s water shortages.
Families will have their water turned off, sometimes for days at a time. This lack of access to water heightens risk of contracting viral infections or diarrheal diseases for Panamanian citizens. Although she shares her water access with immediate locals near her Panamanian home, Judith held a burning desire to come up with a solution to the hardships overtaking her beautiful city.
Clean Buddies™ is dedicated to creating a positive drive for cleanliness and sanitary practices. Each sanitary wipe is individually packaged for on-the-go convenience and sold in bulk at discounted rates. The “Buy-To-Give” program through Clean Buddies™ provides a solution for sanitary practices in Panama. With every subscription, Clean Buddies™ will match a donation of hand sanitizing wipes to countries in need.