How sci-fi machines are saving kids in India

These handwashing stations make water out of thin air.

As a kid, my parents and teachers told me to wash my hands. It was easy to comply – sinks around me had running water, and there was always soap in the bathroom. But in some places, it's not so simple.

In many parts of India, parents and teachers also tell children to wash their hands. The problem is, lots of kids in rural areas and slums don't have access to water or soap. That's a big problem, since so many children there die from diseases that could be avoided through handwashing.

Israeli entrepreneur Max Simonovsky wanted to change the situation, so he traveled to India in hopes of bringing about water innovations.

"Why is it important to use soap?" Simonovsky asked a group of kids in a school on his trip.

"It kills the germs," the kids responded. So far, so good. They were well educated; they just couldn't put their education to use since their school didn't actually have soap.

That's why Simonovsky's company Soapy is installing handwashing units that sound like something from the future. These handwashing units take air from the sky and turn it into water on the spot.

In addition to being cool, the whole process is much less expensive than other methods.

"From the same 100 liters of water, our system can provide more than 600 washing cycles, while other handwashing systems provide between 50 and 200 cycles," Simonovsky explained. “We are trying to make the units as cheap as possible as we improve them, and to make them sustainable for very deprived communities.”

This is just the latest invention featuring Israeli water innovations that are being used all around the world, as seen in this video below:


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