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We have introduced Tippy taps in to the Kailahun District of Sierra Leone which was the epicentre of the current Ebola outbreak.


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I’m a member of Grampari’s School Handwashing Team and I decided to help build one at my sister’s home. She lives in a large village, actually almost a town but in the summer, there are a lot of water shortages. She has sink with piped water supply but doesn’t use it much in the summer. Her kids don’t wash their hands much so I was excited to build one and teach my nephew and niece how to build one and how to wash their hands properly. Their friends also came over and then brought their parents over so it ended up being a mini workshop!

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Check out this welded Tippy Tap in the Holy Rosary Primary School in Gulu, Uganda. Thanks to Kristen Skibba for sending this in!
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 SUM1 helped build tippy taps in Saraiya, UP. SUM1 is a new transparent charity aimed at bringing hygiene education and sanitation intervention to the places in the world where they are most needed.  SUM1 creates projects focused on specific countries or parts of the world that are effected by health, hygiene, and sanitation issues. We’ve started with India, which is where the problem really is probably the worst in the world.

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3 Mariposas Montessori in La Ciénega, Cabarete, Dominican Republic is proud to be building Tippy Taps for our community! We love that Tippy Taps are simple enough that our students can be responsible for their assembly. Here are the children building their very first Tippy Tap…and feeling very proud!DR Tippy Tap


On Global Handwashing Day 2012, together with the German Toilet Organization (GTO), students created tippy taps to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing with soap and toilets for a healthy life.  See for more info.


Built the first one this week and trained all of our orphanage directors to build them.  Soon there will be dozens of tippy-taps in western Kenya!

~Tim Neale



Peace Corps Guatemala uses what we call Porta Pilas as hand washing stations. Here I am demonstrating 3 different kinds, the tippy tap model along with two other models that use hanging bottles. In many homes they have a water source far from the house, or far from the kitchen or latrine. They can be used outside of the latrine or bathroom, outside the kitchen, anywhere where washing hands is recommended.

– From Melissa Schatz 


Our first tippy tap demonstration that was conducted simply by showing my hygiene and training team your tippy tap video (online). — Crissie Ferrara, Catholic Relief Services


Here are some shots of tippy taps  constructed at a boarding school for children with disabilities in Kitgum, Uganda. We ended up building two additional ones, and the kids were very excited to use it. The school’s headmaster has mandated that the kids line up behind the the Tippy Tap before lining up for their meals, and as far as I know, all three are still being used regularly! — Aparna Shrivastava , Mercy Corps


You’re a hit! In a recent national Days for Girls Zimbabwe training teams built a station at the Bulawayo YWCA and every official that visited was truly impressed. DFGI trainers in Zimbabwe will be duplicating tippy taps by hundreds! Just wanted you to know how much is appreciated! Such a simple, effective, life-saving solution!

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We made three tippy taps for small villages within the Mpongwe area in Zambia. The people loved it and have decided to start making their own. — Jessie Walrond


We built a Tippy Tap at a school with over 150 students in rural Laos using information from  To learn more about this project, please visit

– From Megan Williams at


With 2 schools in the Haitian Cholera outbreak area, Star of Hope introduced the tippy tap as an effective way to prevent the disease. School children liked it and have been encouraged to build them at home. It has now spread to 5 more of our projects in Haiti.

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AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) in partnership with local NGO NIWA (Neighborhood Initiative for Women’s Advancement) working in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. We are near the completion of WATSAN project in Ebonyi  State in Nigeria. We are doing ten boreholes and four rehabilitations, along with training of the WASHCOMS. All the WASHCOMS built a Tippy Tap. Some of the WASHCOMs made it compulsory for the WASHCOM members to build Tippy Tap in their own compound. In Onuenyim village, the most remote in the program, all the WASHCOM members complied. They made another invention for Tippy Tap. They put a plastic bag over the soap, so that the rain will not wash it away, or make it fall off. It’s open in the bottom, but the plastic cover and protects the soap. It’s a good idea. So Tippy Tap has come to Nigeria, and we intend to continue to introduce in our projects for schools and clinics and future WASH programs in our project areas. Everyone likes it, especially the children think it’s fun to step on the stick and see the water pour. Thanks for wonderful innovative idea to handwashing!

– From Dada Daneshananda at


Carla International put on a tippy tap training workshop in the Gambia.  For more information, see


This is a tippy tap that my brother made with his boy scout group, near Paris. :) using the manual from!

–From Etienne Gigand at


Check out my blog ( for rain-filled Tippy Taps in the Achuar village of Pumpuentsa, Morona Santiago province, Amazonian Ecuador. We also have a great one running in the Omaere Ethnobotanical Park in Puyo, Pastaza, Ecuador.

– Chris Canaday


This piece is written by Andrew Hinton, the film maker who created “It’s in Your Hands”, the tippy tap film about his trip to NYC.

I was thrilled when “It’s In Your Hands” was selected to participate in the Media That Matters festival in New York. Not just because there was a little prize money involved and it’s an excuse to visit one of my favourite cities in the world, but because the festival is now in its 11th year and provides an amazing platform for important social issues.

The films chosen make up a touring program that travels the US and beyond, screening in classrooms, cinemas, community centres, and lots of other places beginning with ‘c’. And there’s nothing a filmmaker likes more than getting the work seen, particularly with a piece like this which is all about spreading an idea and raising some awareness.

The festival took place at the end of October over three days which included a chance to meet the other filmmakers and the Arts Engine staff who run the festival at brunch, a swanky launch party at HBO where all the filmmakers introduced their work (and our Tippy Tap film had its ever first outing on a big screen), a day of panels and filmmaker interviews, and a premiere in the School of Visual Arts cinema.

At the premiere the screen was HUGE and the projection was super crisp – the film looked amazing, provoking a moment of wonder at how this tiny thing that Jared and Sowmya and I put together in a couple of days in India in February had travelled all the way from Panchgani to New York City and become 50 feet high in the process.

Another special moment was the appearance in the cinema lobby of an original and much admired MTM Tippy Tap, which had been built by the father of one of the organising team. A bang up job he did too, Sowmya would’ve been proud.

The films are a broad mixture of styles and subjects, some made by recent filmmakers, others by more established teams. A couple really stood out for me: The Leaves Keep Falling and Sick Wid It  but they’re all definitely worth a watch and together create a powerful tool for discussion and action.

MTM have a tradition of asking filmmakers to accept their awards with a haiku (a Japanese poem of 17 syllables), so after the screening we all made our way to the stage. Our film won the Jury Award, so I went last. Never having read any kind of verse in public before gave rise to no small amount of apprehension. Before I left London I had contacted the vastly talented poet Lemn Sissay to see whether he could pen something worthy of the occasion, and he rose to the challenge in exemplary fashion. Armed with Lemn’s haikus (one of which required singing,) I arrived in NYC feeling confident the night would be ours. However, I hadn’t reckoned on the meltdown of my laptop on the day of the screening. Its immediate admission to the Apple store for surgery meant that his wonderful pieces were gone. Instead I had to hurriedly come up with something of my own, which went something like this:

ideas find us
Many unseen hands brought
this to being

which isn’t quite right in syllable count so here are Lemn’s, thankfully rescued by an old watchmaker in a dusty back room of Apple HQ

Hands. Water and Action
Digital digits.
Pixels flow like water flows
Educate edit
Equal Waters
This giver of life
Falls through fronds of open palms
Drip drip drop drop die
Give Pure water
We are water
Our one whole  body is  amassed
Here leastly this is yours
These hands reach to sky
I am not calling for rain
They are cupped vessels.
Fifty Percent
How can I do the
Things I wanna do when fi-
-fty percent of me is you

(all by Lemn Sissay)

As Lemn advises in his mail: “My favourite is fifty percent. But you’ve actually got to sing that one.  With referrence to fifty percent water makes up about fifty percent of our body weight.  (75 percent in a baby)..”

Perhaps it was a good thing that the audience were spared the chance to hear me sing. Instead we all retired to a nearby bar for some post award schmoozing.

It was great to meet a whole bunch of people over the course of the festival, but especially Cara Shih a graphic designer based in NY who had come across the film when it won the youtube competition and got in touch with Sowmya and offered to do some work on Tippy Tap logos. Meeting her kind of brought something full circle: work connects with people who get inspired to create more work and go on to connect in real life. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Massive thanks to Lemn for stepping up, to Arts Engine for putting on a great festival, and to the Tippy Tap team for all-round amazingness. What a trip!


Dr. Pawankumar Patil sent in this picture from Gadchiroli in eastern Maharasthra.  He’s documented experiences and learnings from a handwashing project at: