Hy2U - Call for Volunteers


Care for Kid's cleaner hands
Welcome to get this project off the ground! Why do we do it?
That's because by now we can! We, at Demotech, designed a school kid's hand washer, we made it in Nairobi and we make and demonstrate it here in the Netherlands.
Imagine the waste of life and happiness when children fall ill because of infections transmitted by dirty hands. While you know that it is not hard to organise improvements ....

This is what you can assist us with:
- adopt a school 'where there is no piped water', find one when you travel,…

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Request from Uganda


Request are often dry and dull, not giving much details, not explaining the real local situation and for whom it is meant. Such request state there is plenty need, so send books. Then we answer -if possible- right away that Demotech does not distribute books, but has its websites and video's at YouTube. I also always ask if Demotech can help with anything they find in our websites or video's.

I seldom hear back.

Different this time from Uganda. Nicholas asked for books, within an hour I explained about our websites, the following morning Nicholas mailed me that he was happy to…

Categories: In action

Research about Hand Washing Campaigns in Peru


This article is from three years ago, just found it when archiving my mail. A sad resilt is described of large media campaigns in a few countries.

The approach with the Hy2U differs completely with what has been described below. Would that give the Hy2U a better chance to make a difference?

The analysis indicates that the mass media intervention alone had no significant effect on exposure to the handwashing promotion campaign messages, and therefore no effect on handwashing knowledge or handwashing behavior. In contrast, the community-level intervention, a more comprehensive…

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Hand washing can save 2500 children's lives a day


The number of hands that need proper care and don't get it, is huge. Is a billion hands a good guess? The World Health Organization seems to think so.

A study that is supported by the WHO, and that is to be found here highlights this terrible reality: 1.8 million children die every year from diarrhoeal diseases and 90% of those are aged less than five years, mainly in developing countries. The study's findings suggest that half of those lives could be saved…


Furaha, nururing hope and dreams


Eveline did not let slip it out of her hands, the opportunity to introduce the Hy2U in her Community Center in Humara, a poor quarter in Nairobi.

In my last visit to Humara, two weeks in which everything went wrong, there were also two great moments: the workshop at Simon's Center and a demonstration and workshop at Furaha Community Center.

There I met David Oginga, chairman of this center and amazing Eveline. Amazing as this time she saw to it that there where no constrains, there was good understandings, there was a lot of drive. But also it was the last day of my stay, there…


OECD/DAC guidelines

There is much to learn from one another, including by listening to - and heeding - the voices
of the poor themselves. Soort van "Learning from poverty"

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has introduced two relevant
concepts: human developmentdefined as a process that enlarges people's choices including freedom, dignity, self-respect and social status; human poverty meaning deprivation of essential capabilities such as a long and healthy life, knowledge, economic resources and community participation.


WASH (WAter, Sanitation, Hygiene) programme UNDP

UNDP Humand Development Report 2006

Because diarrhoeal diseases are of faecal origin, hand washing with soap and water has been identified as a major determinant of reduced child mortality, along with interventions that prevent faecal material from entering the domestic environment of children.11

Evidence from Burkina Faso demonstrates the interaction between sanitation and hygiene. In the mid-1990s the country's second largest city, Bobo-Dioulasso, had a well managed water supply system and most households had pit latrines…


Washing hand is considered in many ways. But only with UNDP a direct link was found between sanitation/hygiene and dignity.
UNDP sees school kids as key for hygiene campaigns.
UNDP, somehow more practical orientated then others, underwrite in their Human Development Report about all of the Demotech Approach.

"Learning from Poverty", a part of the Demotech Approach gets support from OECD in the their definition of '5 capabilities'. Socio-cultural is regarded as the strong base for the other four.

Also see the the other compilations of quotes from their writings in


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