WASH is a universal campaign to provide water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone. Made With Hope aims to abide by leading WASH principles and help towards decreasing these staggering statistics published by the UN in 2015:
- Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases
- At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated
- 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines
The availability of water is not reliable in the remote rural areas of Tanzania that we work in. The water source was a small tap for the surrounding villages that only provides water two to three times a week and is very poor condition, heavily embedded in mud. When there actually is water, the tap is crowded with people and children waiting hours to collect water in buckets to carry miles back to their home.
The answer to this problem was transportation. We have purchased a tractor that is able to transport 4000 litres of water to over 400 children who need it. This means these children will now have easy access to water without having to walk for miles. Now, with this extra time during the day, they children can study, socialise and play with their friends (just as children should!).
The water is used for cooking, cleaning, bathing and washing clothes.
Unfortunately this water in Tanzania is undrinkable. To enable the water to be drunk, it is passed through our award-winning water filter that eradicates 99.99% of bad minerals and diseases. This water filter takes 2 hours to filter 10 litres of water. We currently have one water filter for the children to use at our orphanage but we need to purchase more for our school.
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Did you know more people have a mobile phone than a toilet?
Sanitation is a huge problem in the poor rural villages that we work in. Lack of basic sanitation causes diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentry which can be fatal, especially in children who aren’t strong enough to fight them.
We built a sustainable and private toilet/shower block for up 30 children to use. This safe, private area also offers an environment for girls to use when they reach puberty.
Our hands can be full of bacteria which can turn into fatal diseases. Leading global organisations have defined hand washing as something that is vital in preventing children from becoming ill and dying from certain diseases.
We taught 400 children about the importance of washing your hands on Global Handwashing Day on 15th October 2016. We did this by building affordable hand washing stations with water and soap and held a fun workshop which all the children loved participating in. We provided badges and certificates to those children who took part.
We are continuing to increase our WASH projects to provide children with a better chance at staying healthy from water related diseases.