Washing Hands Saves Lives - Here and in Tanzanian Schools

Updated: Jan 20

School child washing hands in Manyara, Tanzania

The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has made it very clear that washing our hands is one of the most effective ways of keeping the malicious virus at bay. While here in the UK we may take the fact that hand-washing facilities are omnipresent for granted, it’s not the case all over the world. On top of that, in developing countries it’s not only Covid-19 that wreaks havoc; oftentimes simple-to-prevent ailments such as diarrhoea are even more widespread, causing more deaths, especially in children.

Mikono Salama (Safe Hands) is a project run by Livingstone Tanzania Trust (LTT) in the Manyara region of Tanzania. According to the charity, in February 2020 73% of primary schools in the region had no hand washing facilities and none of the schools had soap.

The project aims to improve the situation by installing simple multi-user hand-washing facilities at schools with a sustainable supply of locally made soap. LTT, who em