Lives transformed through hand washing

Believe it or not, we actually use quite a bit of restraint in deciding which pictures (out of the hundreds we get from the field each month) to share. Check out this one we received from a village we’re working with deep in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo:

She’s using a “tippy tap” (which is a simple device for handwashing in villages where water is scarce) to wash her hands. Tippy taps are a huge part of eliminating waterborne illnesses in the communities where we work. Here’s a pic showing an entire tippy tap:

Basically, it’s a container with a small hole near the cap that is filled with water, suspended in the air between two poles or sticks, and tipped so the water comes out by stepping on a stick that’s tied to the container with a rope. It uses a tiny amount of water and the whole process is very hygienic because the only thing you ever touch with your hands is the soap.

Here’s the crazy thing about tippy taps…when a community gets safe water, there’s typically a 35-40% reduction in waterborne illness. However, when you combine safe water with education on basic sanitation and hygiene practices like handwashing and the construction of tippy taps, the reduction in waterborne illness usually skyrockets to between 80-90%. That’s reason to celebrate!

From DRC to Uganda, the reality for kids in communities where Water4 works is changing from limited opportunities to limitless opportunities, all because of safe water and a simple tippy tap. Right now, as you’re going about your day, kids at Pope Benedict Primary School in Uganda are going about theirs as well. Except, some things look a little (or a lot) different than before. These kids now have access to safe water and get to use that safe water to wash their hands with their new tippy tap. Thank you for helping keep this childlike wonder alive for kids at Pope Benedict Primary School and kids in DRC. Here’s to hoping we can all find this same childlike wonder today!