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Tippy Tap

Tippy Tap



Hand washing can dramatically reduce the spread of disease and improve the health of a community. A tippy tap is a simple set-up that enables people to wash their hands easily, even when water is scarce. This gift also includes health and hygiene training.

How your gift helps

Good sanitation and hygiene practices are spreading throughout villages in eastern Zambia – which means that germs aren't! TEAR's partner Reformed Open Community Schools (ROCS) has been working alongside the community to establish healthier approaches to water and sanitation, including the use of tippy taps. Here, local woman Rodah (pictured) demonstrates the use of a tippy tap at her home – an effective and simple device, even with a baby strapped to your back!

When running water is not readily available, a tippy tap is particularly useful. It's a simple setup made from everyday items – usually a container strung up on a frame alongside some soap. With a tippy tap, people can wash their hands easily, even when water is scarce. Children under five are especially susceptible to diseases that are spread through unclean water sources and poor hygiene and sanitation practices. Something as simple as washing hands with soap and water is having a powerful impact in reducing child mortality.

A Sanitation Action Group (SAG), made up of members of the community, ensures that every household in the area is supported in securing the necessary sanitation infrastructure, whether that's a tippy tap, access to a latrine, or suitable rubbish disposal facilities. As one member of the SAG shares, "It started in our household, then we started visiting our friends and talking to them about what we had learned. We would invite them to our households to come and see." There is a real sense of unity within the villages that ROCS works with, as community members spread the word and demonstrate the impact of good sanitation.

About our partner

Reformed Open Community Schools (ROCS) is a Christian organisation operating in Zambia under the Reformed Church in Zambia. ROCS' work focuses on education, integrated school and community water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and advocacy.

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