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Hy2U @ the Huruma Women Group October 1, 2015 - 4:44pm
Hy2U in Ethiopia October 1, 2015 - 4:43pm

The Hy2U in action, a film from Ethiopia

De Hy2U handenwasser October 1, 2015 - 4:42pm

A dutch intro to the Hy2U.

Hy2U in Kenya October 1, 2015 - 4:41pm

Joke van den Oever and Reinder van Tijen from the dutch foundation Demotech, design for self-reliance, went to Kenya in June 2009 to teach people how to make a Hy2U handwashing device. The Hy2U solves the problem of the lack of hygiene and comfort due to the lack of piped water. With the Hy2U you can wash your hands with a small amount of clean water. It is made by the people themselves out of local materials that even the poorest people can afford. One important value of the H2yU is that people can make it the way they think it's most beautiful. Everyone deserves a beautiful bath room.

Request from Uganda October 1, 2015 - 4:40pm

Request are often dry and dull, not giving much details, not explaining the real local situation and for whom it is meant. Such request state there is plenty need, so send books. Then we answer -if possible- right away that Demotech does not distribute books, but has its websites and video's at YouTube. I also always ask if Demotech can help with anything they find in our websites or video's.

I seldom hear back.

Clean hands? Taller children! October 1, 2015 - 4:39pm
Research about Hand Washing Campaigns in Peru October 1, 2015 - 4:34pm

This article is from three years ago, just found it when archiving my mail. A sad resilt is described of large media campaigns in a few countries.

Hand washing can save 2500 children's lives a day October 1, 2015 - 4:33pm

The number of hands that need proper care and don't get it, is huge. Is a billion hands a good guess? The World Health Organization seems to think so.

Furaha, nururing hope and dreams October 1, 2015 - 4:33pm

Eveline did not let slip it out of her hands, the opportunity to introduce the Hy2U in her Community Center in Humara, a poor quarter in Nairobi.

The big constraint is TIME October 1, 2015 - 4:30pm
As always during Demotech fieldwork, the big constraint is TIME. The idea is that we can teach in almost no-time. And time and again, I find that this is not the case.
Warming up for this travel blog in Addis Ababa October 1, 2015 - 4:28pm
Hy2U in action! October 1, 2015 - 4:28pm

Only a few months after it was first conceived, one of the students who was working on the project, a girl named Julia, took the Hy2U with her to Ghana (pictures soon to follow).

The big institutes, do they support the Demotech Approach? Part 4 of 4 October 1, 2015 - 4:26pm

Some links:

The big institutes, do they support the Demotech Approach? Part 3 of 4 October 1, 2015 - 4:26pm

OECD/DAC guidelines

There is much to learn from one another, including by listening to – and heeding – the voices
of the poor themselves. Soort van "Learning from poverty"

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has introduced two relevant
concepts: human developmentdefined as a process that enlarges people’s choices including freedom, dignity, self-respect and social status; human poverty meaning deprivation of essential capabilities such as a long and healthy life, knowledge, economic resources and community participation.

The big institutes, do they support the Demotech Approach? Part 2 of 4 October 1, 2015 - 4:25pm

WASH (WAter, Sanitation, Hygiene) programme UNDP

UNDP Humand Development Report 2006

Because diarrhoeal diseases are of faecal origin, hand washing with soap and water has been identified as a major determinant of reduced child mortality, along with interventions that prevent faecal material from entering the domestic environment of children.11

The big institutes, do they support the Demotech Approach? Part 1 of 4 October 1, 2015 - 4:25pm

Washing hand is considered in many ways. But only with UNDP a direct link was found between sanitation/hygiene and dignity.
UNDP sees school kids as key for hygiene campaigns.
UNDP, somehow more practical orientated then others, underwrite in their Human Development Report about all of the Demotech Approach.

How it worked out at the World Water Week long conference in Stockholm? October 1, 2015 - 4:24pm

Asking people to wash their hands might be taken as an insult, implying the assumption that their hands could be dirty. But the HY2U overcomes all problems, it seems, in particular barriers to interaction.

The first time I touched the Hy2U October 1, 2015 - 4:23pm

My story starts right near the beginning: at the conception of the Hy2U.

A revolution in Hand Washing October 1, 2015 - 4:20pm

More than 1.5 million children under age 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases – and many more suffer from malnutrition as a result of it. A clean water supply and proper sanitation and hygiene practices are well documented as means of preventing diarrhea. Arguably the most effective means to reduce diarrhea and other illnesses is simple hand washing.

Organizations involved in hand washing campaings October 1, 2015 - 4:18pm

Washing hands is rightly a big issue for numerous -most international operating- organizations. Also governmental organziations all over the world have national programs to promote hand washing. Here are some: