One Soap Per Child
Poor classroom conditions in many developing countries hinder learning. Specifically, inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions put children and teachers at high risk for diarrhoeal and intestinal diseases and parasites. The simple practice of washing one’s hands with soap is an effective and cheap way to reduce this risk; however, soap is often lost through waste, displacement, melting, and theft.
As part of a project group in the human-centered design club, Berkeley Innovation, we addressed this issue in our entry for the INDEX Design Challenge 2010: Designing for Education. Our design proposes to provide individual portions of soap to each child. This strategy: decreases chance of theft by making soap ownership personal rather than collective, decentralizes the source of soap, and makes soap visible at all times. The device with which the system is implemented is a modular and inexpensive “push soap” container, which we also designed.
Collaborated with: Jessie Cho, Jeff Duong, Cole Hartman, Peter Kwon, Praneet Wadge, Francis Yan.