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 earlier this year from a village we’re working with deep in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo:

She’s using a “tippy tap” (a simple device for hand washing in areas where water is scarce) to wash her hands. Tippy taps are a big part of eliminating waterborne illnesses in the communities where we work. Here’s an entire tippy tap setup:

Tippy taps typically consist of a container filled with water suspended in the air between two poles or sticks. The water comes out of a small hole in the top when you tip it by stepping on a stick 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.

When communities make tippy taps and wash their hands properly, waterborne illness is eliminated at twice the rate compared to access to safe water alone. That’s reason to celebrate!

From DRC to Uganda, futures are changing from limited to limitless for kids in communities where Water4 partners work, all because of safe water and better hand washing habits. As you’re going about your day today, 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 the wonder alive for kids at Pope Benedict Primary School and kids in DRC. Here’s hoping we can all find this same childlike wonder today!