9 Employee Gift Ideas That Promote Health

  1. Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets: The most deadly animal in Africa is the mosquito. Malaria is most prevalent in crowded low-income areas. Sleeping under an insecticide treated mosquito net significantly reduces the risk of malaria.
  2. Reflector Vest: In the developing world, motor vehicle crashes kill more pedestrians and bike riders than drivers and car riders. A reflector vest makes people walking or riding their bikes at dusk more visible.
  3. Ball: Healthy active play is a good idea for every member of the family, and a ball can easily be shared with the whole neighborhood!
  4. Soap with Hand Washing Bucket: One big advantage to coronavirus education is that communities are hearing the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of disease. While I often see the host pouring a pitcher of water to wash hands before meals, soap is rarely offered as it is a luxury in a lot of homes.
  5. Fruit: Compared to the typical daily wage, fruit can be quite expensive but are so full of healthy vitamins.  Every now and then, I like to buy fruit from a local vendor and give it away. This way I am both supporting small business and sharing a healthy food with my employee’s children. Another idea is to help plant a mango tree. They grow tall and provide not only mangos every year but an abundance of shade.
  6. Children’s Books: Sitting down and reading a book to your child is often seen as a luxury for the wealthy in Africa, but it does not have to be that way.  Many of the little shops are starting to stock affordable, colorful, simple to read children’s books. When you give a gift of easy-to-read books, let your employee know that pointing out pictures and reading with your children will help children thrive in school. 
  7. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste: As soon as babies get teeth, parents can start brushing teeth with a soft toothbrush with just a smear (the size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste.  Age three and up can get a pea size amount of toothpaste. In many places in the developing world, there is no fluoride added to the water. Therefore, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and not rinsing it off after, helps prevent teeth decay. 
  8. School Supplies: Most parents value education and are thankful their children get the opportunity to go to school. Providing notebooks, pens, and uniforms for each child in the family can get expensive for some families. Helping out communicates that you value education, too.
  9. Time Off: Just like your family needs time off work to enjoy each other, your employees need some family time to relax together. If the holidays are a busy time for your business, then provide another time for your employee to get some vacation days.

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