Access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation
West Africa Cooks supports Water Aid to help African children because without clean, safe water getting an education is almost impossible. Days and weeks are missed through illness. The charity Water Aid supports projects that bring taps, toilets and hygiene training to schools. This helps children get the education they need to fulfill their dreams and potential.
Practice good hygiene when cooking.
What you need to know before you start cooking for others
It is easy for you to spread bacteria to food without realising. These bacteria are invisible and could make your family, friends and guests ill. Your personal hygiene is important. Before you start working with food and cooking. Always wash your hands. If you have vomiting or diarrhoea as an illness do not, cook and work with food. Take off your watch and jewellery. Avoid touching your face, coughing or sneezing over food.
Washing hands effectively
Step 1: Wet your hands thoroughly under warm running water and squirt liquid soap onto your palm
Step 2: Rub your hands together palm to palm to make a lather
Step 3: Rub the palm of one hand along the back of the other and along the fingers. Repeat with the other hand
Step 4: Put your palms together with fingers interlocked and rub in between each of the fingers thoroughly
Step 5: Rub around your thumbs on each hand and then rub the fingertips of each hand against your palms
Step 6: Rinse off the soap with clean water and dry your hands thoroughly on a disposable towel. Turn off the tap with the towel and then throw the towel away
When to wash hands
Before touching any food, especially ready-to-eat food
After going to the toilet
After every break
After touching or emptying bins
After any cleaning
After touching phones