Around the world, lack of access to water and hygiene information are directly correlated to elevated levels of infant and child mortality.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, rates of infant and child mortality are highest, and levels of access to simple hand washing is at best 50%. This is because knowledge of the preventative benefits of hand washing for one's health is scarce, and access to water is even more scarce. In fact, even health care facilities in the region struggle with access to hand washing as 42% of them have no water source within 500 meters.
Full Belly's Hand Washing Station is made of readily available, recycled materials which allow access to hand washing anywhere.
Our Hand Washing Station is constructed of materials that can easily be found anywhere. All it requires is an oil drum, half of a truck tire, some soda bottles, a few bits of steel and a pail full of cement. It's all local, anywhere in the world.
One of its best and most utilitarian features is that it conserves water, using about 90% less water than other systems.
This conservation of water is achieved through the use of bolts drilled through the lids of the soda bottles as a mechanism to plug the bottle when not in use. This allows the bottles to be filled at a water source, and transported to the hand washing station, however far, alleviating the need for a nearby water source for hand washing.
Via the auspices of Dr. Nancy Hoffman, we teamed up with the Jane Goodall Institute in March of 2016 to address the immediate health needs of Tanzanians by providing hygiene instruction coupled with our Hand Washing Station where it was previously inaccessible. The first of many Hand Washing Stations was placed in Azimio Primary school near Arusha.
With the recent and widespread outbreaks of cholera in Tanzania, the stations have the potential to be life-saving.
If you are interested in initiating a hand washing station project, contact us!