UNICEF Tap Project implores you to go without your phone to help give clean water to children in need
UNICEF has come up with a very clever way to help the people in need is sounds simple enough, but could be considered difficult by some
The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that provides clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world.
With just $5, UNICEF can give one child safe drinking water for 200 days. Since 1990, more than 2.1 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water thanks to the work of UNICEF and its partners.
The Tap Project invites people to go without their smartphones for as long as they can and for every minute the user doesn’t touch the phone, the sponsors of UNICEF will fund one day of clean water for a child in need.
If you’re up for the challenge, it’s very simple:
All you have to do is visit the official project website on your phone, begin the challenge right away to see how long you can last without your device. You can lay down you phone on a flat surface and leave it there for a while as a special counter appears listing how many minutes have past, which get translated into days of clean water thanks to the sponsors.
The web app uses the device’s accelerometer to determine if the phone is being used or not, which means that you can still actually touch and tap or swipe your phone without triggering the sensor and canceling the challenge.
There is also the option to donate actual money in order to provide even more clean water to kids. Just $1 can provide about 40 days of clean water.
UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Whether by restoring access to clean water after a disaster or promoting safe hygiene practices in schools and communities, UNICEF is on the ground helping children in need.