Let’s give children a brighter future!

Group handwashing stations, an innovative and functional initiative supported by UNICEF South Africa, are changing the lives of children in under-resourced communities.

Fundraising team
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UNICEF South Africa/2014/Schermbrucker
30 April 2020
Every child deserves to live in a world where access to clean, running water is a basic daily reality, and where health and hygiene facilities are readily available to them. And yet for many living in economically under-resourced communities, these basic needs are not a daily reality. UNICEF South Africa is working to set that right. 

Childhood in an informal settlement is generally synonymous with poor sanitation as these areas often have limited access to running water in homes which puts children at high risk of contracting diseases. UNICEF South Africa is working to change that. 

Group handwashing stations, an innovative and functional initiative supported by  UNICEF South Africa, have become the means for change in the lives of children in these communities. 

Handwashing stations for schools

Despite the simplicity and efficacy of handwashing and basic hygiene practices in curbing the spread of infectious diseases, the promotion and implementation of these practices in densely populated and under-resourced communities remain a challenge.

UNICEF South Africa identified this and created a solution - building handwashing stations in schools across under-resourced communities across the country.

In poverty-stricken areas, where children do not have access to clean running water at home, these permanent group handwashing stations in schools become the starting point for promoting essential healthy habits in children. The improved overall health of children reduces absenteeism from school, resulting in brighter futures.

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UNICEF South Africa/2018/Reddy
The nearly-completed second handwashing station at Sophungane School.

To highlight the sustainability of this initiative, schools are encouraged to grow a food garden around the handwashing station to benefit from the run-off water. The vegetables grown will be used to supplement school meals. In doing so, the nutrition and overall health of the learners are further enhanced.

Handwashing stations for communities

One of the biggest challenges during a global pandemic is that public health updates and stats change daily. As the COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, so does the need for hygiene facilities in under-resourced communities. 

To meet this challenge, UNICEF South Africa is bringing the water to where the children are. In partnership with local business, community leaders, and government organisations - we are preparing to roll out 100 EaziWash water stations in informal settlements across South Africa.

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UNICEF/EaziWash/2020

With the national lockdown preventing children from being at school, they are desperately in need of handwashing stations close to home. By installing EaziWash stations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in communities, we are protecting these children in a more sustainable way.   

Each EaziWash water station features a self-closing and self-cleaning water and liquid soap outlet - which ensures that users can wash their hands without leaving traces of the virus on the taps for the next person to be exposed to.

UNICEF South Africa

UNICEF South Africa is working tirelessly to promote the rights of every child and is committed to on-the-ground initiatives that will make a tangible difference and help children reach their full potential. But it is your help that makes this possible. 

We are helping and protecting children in the most vulnerable communities, and together with your support, we are ready to adapt to meet the ongoing needs directly related to the protection of every child. We will not stop. Will you help us? 

By contributing towards UNICEF South Africa, you are investing in the healthy future of a child. By supporting our programmes and campaigns you are helping have a sustainable and long-term impact in the lives of children and the transformation of communities across South Africa.