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Residents of Slovoville in the South West of Johannesburg welcomed a new initiative dubbed Tippy tap by the UNICEF SA in partnership with World Vision Foundation, a low-cost program that brings about hygiene interventions in communities.
A tippy tap is a simple invention which consist of few poles, a five litre container with soap and water. The string is tied to the bottle neck and attached to a piece of plank that acts as a foot pedal in order to tilt the container so that the water pours out, enabling a person to wash hands without wasting much water. As part of the launch, the youth well under the regulated number were taken through the process of constructing and operating, a simple tippy tap.
Although during the campaign delegates only set up few tippy taps for demonstration purposes, the community was encouraged to set up their own at home.
Speaking at the event, UNCEF SA water, sanitation and hygiene specialist, Juan Smulders, said that hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. “Washing of hands alone is not the only prevention mechanism for covid-19, it should be coupled with the other prevention efforts such as social distancing and the wearing of masks”. Added Smulders.
Representing the world Vision Foundation all the way from Orange Farm, Sibongile Mnisi, indicated that the foundation will continue to work hard for the betterment of people’s health even in this time of the pandemic. “Ever since the scourge of Covid-19 affected the communities, the foundation had already constructed Tippy taps in most townships. I can make an assurance that since these are durable and user-friendly, they will also be of good usage and important to patients to fight the virus,” concluded Mnisi. The event, which took place recently at the Slovoville community hall will contribute to the sustained well-being of children and communities across the location. Pamphlets with illustrated guidelines were distributed to attendees.
Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News