Students use Tap Project app to give back

Students put down their cell phones to help others get clean water. (Photo by Charley Garwood)

 

There is an app that donates fresh water to countries in-need when people don’t use their phone.

“This app motivates you to go the extra ten minutes without your phone,” said sophomore communication arts major Sarah Diemer. “Our generation is just buried in our phones and this is something little you can do for people across the world.”

The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that gives clean water and sanitation to children around the world. For every 10 minutes app users go without using their phones, UNICEF’s Next Generation donates the equivalent of one day of water for a child in need.

According to uniceftapproject.org, this project has provided urgent care to people in the Philippines where UNICEF has handed out water kits, water treatment products, portable toilets and hygiene kits to thousands.

Freshman chemistry and biology double major Maggie Houston heard about the app through Facebook.

Houston needed to write a speech for a communication class and decided to include UNICEF tap as a part of her presentation.

“It was national unplug day when I was trying to decide what to do my speech on,” said Houston. “I remembered the article I read on Facebook and decided that it would be cool to put the ideas together.”

UNICEF works to help the 768 million people around the world who do not have access to clean water. They put up a challenge for people to give up time on their cell phones. In their World Water Month, people went over 200 million minutes without their phones.

“Cell phones really affect relationships,” said Houston. “Just having a cell phone out on a table gives people the impression that you are not engaged in the conversation.”

“I went to a café with a couple of my friends,” said sophomore zoo and wildlife biology major Danielle Tran, “we were all on our phones and I told them that there was something that we could all do to put our phones down and just talk to each other.”

This app is simple to use. All you do is download the free app and sit your phone down.

As your phone sits, different facts and statistics about the project come up on your phone. It shares how the people who are using the app have helped kids instead of viewing 3,474 million Facebook photos. It also shares, for example, that one day’s total of app use provided 3.9 years’ worth of fresh water for children.

This app not only gives back, but also gives participants a reason to spend time off of their cellphones. Now it’s time to app that!

Bethany Brugger is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW

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