Rang Birange - Making hand-washing fun for students and inculcating hygiene habits
North Delhi, Delhi, India
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Over 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die annually from infectious illnesses such as diarrhea. The simple habit of washing hands with soap at key times daily can help reduce this number by half. FOR Sahyog Care For You, whose Gandhian mission is to achieve universal upliftment, empowering children with knowledge and education is the first important step to ignite this long-term change. As part of their Clean4Good Program, Sahyog aims to provide equitable access to WASH facilities & improved hygiene practices at Schools, benefiting school children. Children of MCD schools find practicing hand washing challenging as soaps are often unavailable. Bar soap tends to get stolen, and with liquid soap children tend to over-squirt and waste it. This is of particular importance in a slum community with compromised living situation and considering that most infections are spread among children within classrooms.
The plan of the first phase of Project Rang Birange is to provide SoaPens to 1200 students across MCD Schools in North and South Delhi. SoaPen circumvents that mundaneness associated with traditional WASH to encourage a critical habit among children in a playful way. SoaPen encourages children to wash their hands with soap correctly and regularly by making the activity fun, engaging and rewarding. SoaPen makes handwashing fun! SoaPen’s unique soap composition allows children to draw on their dry hands and in removing the traces of this drawing, they wash their hands for the ideal span of 20- 40 seconds. It acts as a better alternative to a bar/liquid soap or hand sanitiser for children. Compact in size and efficient by design, this roll-on handwash acts as a teaching tool that encourages cleanliness in daily life.
We hope that after this project, children start making handwashing habit. In attempting to remove the drawing from their hands, children intuitively follow the correct steps of hand washing, which is more important than simply rubbing hands together under running water which is what most do. In the first phase of the project, the goal is to reach 1200 children and have them enthusiastically engaged in handwashing- awaiting the very visually clear reward of unmarked hands. The packaging paper also have illustrations that inform the parent about critical areas and how to make hand washing a fun familial activity.
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