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Tippy Tap

Tippy Tap



Hand washing is a critical part of good sanitation, helping to dramatically reduce the spread of disease. A tippy tap is a simple hand washing device, even when water is scarce.

How your gift helps

When illness and disease repeatedly rob your children of days at school, their health or even their life, then action has to be taken. In eastern Zambia, TEAR’s Christian partner Reformed Open Community Schools (ROCS) is helping communities to fight back with two low-cost preventative measures:

  1. education about WASH practices - water, sanitation and hygiene, and 
  2. hand wash stations - called tippy taps.

When running water is not available, a tippy tap is a simple device made from everyday items – usually a water bottle or container strung up on a frame that can be tipped to wet the hands, alongside some soap. With a tippy tap, people can wash their hands easily after using the toilet or before preparing food, making all the difference in better hygiene practices.

Hand washing cannot be underestimated in the battle against germs, which lead to common illnesses like diarrhoea and influenza. Children are especially susceptible to diseases that are spread through unclean water and poor hygiene and sanitation practices. That’s why ROCS is investing in the provision of quality education because it believes in social justice and equity for all children, especially the orphaned and vulnerable.

ROCS is working alongside numerous schools to form WASH committees (like the one pictured), made up of parents and teachers to improve health, sanitation and access to clean water. It means communities are standing up to take responsibility for their health, both in schools and in the wider community. Education about the connection between poor sanitation and illness is the start of changing habits, combined with practical solutions such as setting up tippy taps at home and school.

In addition, healthy practices are being reinforced by students who belong to WASH clubs. These clubs also keep the tippy taps stocked with soap and water and clean the toilets, including porcelain ones now being used in some schools. And WASH club members are learning important skills beyond hygiene – skills in influencing, collaboration, setting goals and working towards them – all important for leadership and for life. Who would have thought that hand washing could have such far-reaching benefits!

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