A total of 50 QI Thailand volunteers spent their weekend making and distributing soy wax candles in the slum area of Klong Toey, Bangkok to help prevent dengue cases that are on the rise and affecting the community who live there.
Dengue is a common health issue among the underprivileged community living in slums and is ranked as the 3rd highest cause of fatality in Thailand. As the poor can’t afford to continuously fix their thin roofs and walls during monsoon season, rainwater often gets trapped in many of the holes and became the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Our volunteers gathered at the slum area from morning to extend a helping hand to the residents of the slum. Volunteers started the candle making process by boiling the wax and later adding lemongrass essence. It is scientifically proven, that lemongrass is a natural mosquito repellent. Soy wax was also used as it does not give out a pungent smell once the candle is blown off. Then, the melted wax was poured into small clay pots to cool off and set.
Our volunteers were then divided into eight groups and distributed the all-natural, chemical-free candles to 200 houses in the slum area, with priority given to households with children and babies.
This Staff Social Responsibility (SSR) activity was very meaningful for both our volunteers and the recipients as it helps to promote wellness of the community and could potentially save lives.