WASH United uses football-based games to educate children about the importance of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and facilitate behaviour change.
The three main games are:
The World Toilet Cup:
World Toilet Cup is a WASH United trademark game that allows both children and adults to approach the touchy issue of sanitation in a fun and playful way. Through the game, participants learn about the crucial importance of sanitation for health, safety, the environment, prosperity and dignity. World Toilet Cup in essence is a target goal game - but one with a brown twist. Following the motto "Every poo needs a loo!", participants make an effort to tackle the sanitation crisis by kicking as many brown "poo-balls" as possible where they belong - into toilets and latrines. Players who aim particularly well can win a WASH United team shirt. But it is the effort that counts and makes you a Champion for WASH!
The Blue Hand Game:
The Blue Hand Game teaches children in a very graphic way how easily and quickly germs spread. In this game, a leather football is rubbed in with blue chalk. The children (up to 15 per game) form a circle and toss the "germ ball" around. After a little while, everyone ends up with blue ”germy” hands.
The Handwashing Challenge:
Washing your hands with only water is not good enough. They need a good scrub with water and soap if you want to get rid of all the germs. That’s what children learn when participating in the Handwashing Challenge. Two players rub their hands in with turmeric powder, which symbolises germs. One player gets only water to wash it off; the other player also gets soap. After 30 seconds of hand-washing, the result is clear: only handwashing with soap beats the germs!