8 things that make our bucket life-changing

An Oxfam bucket being used in Sierra Leone. Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam
An Oxfam bucket being used in Sierra Leone. Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam

We know that clean water saves lives, but in order to access it, people need to be able to safely transport and store it. That’s why a better bucket makes all the difference.

So what makes the “Oxfam bucket” so innovative?

1. A handy tap so that people can get water without having to dip dirty hands or bowls into it.

Photo: Girl pouring water from a tap on a water bucket.
Oxfam is providing clean water, toilets and hygiene classes to children in Port Loko's Educaid primary school. The facilities include a solar powered water pump, tap stands and toilet blocks for both male and female students. Photo: Tommy Trenchard/ Oxfam

2. A tight-fitting lid that keeps water in and keep insects, germs, and dirt out. Clean water can be crucial to preventing the spread of disease.

Photo: Woman pouring water from a tap on a water bucket.
Here, the Oxfam bucket is being used for handwashing to prevent the spread of cholera in Sierra Leone. Jane Beesley/Oxfam.

3. At 3.7 gallons, it’s the perfect size.  It holds a lot of water, but it’s not too heavy when full.

Photo: Two people smiling and holding a water bucket from Oxfam.
Brother and sister Kapr and Isatu Kargbo are both Ebola survivors who received buckets, soap, and water purification tablets from Oxfam. Photo: Michelle Curran/Oxfam.

4. It’s smooth and spike free on the bottom so that people can comfortably carry it on their heads. This is especially important for families who have to walk long distances every day to fetch clean water.

Photo: Two Oxfam water bucket with taps.
Oxfam buckets ready for distribution after the 2013 typhoon in the Philippines. Jire Carreon/Oxfam

5. It’s made of durable UV-resistant plastic that won’t deteriorate in harsh sunlight.

Photo: A smiling child stands beside a running tap on a red water bucket.
A boy in Sierra Leone washes his hands. Will Wintercross / Oxfam.

6. Stackable for easy distribution in large numbers.

Photo: A group of people around a large collection of water buckets and other supplies..
Refugees in South Sudan line up to receive buckets and soap as part of Oxfam's public health campaign in the camp. Alun McDonald

7.It’s easy to clean thanks to curved edges at the base that prevent bacteria from accumulating.

Photo: A group of people seated inside a clean, bright tent with floor coverings. A woman is pouring water from a tap on a water bucket.
Oxfam is providing water and sanitation facilities to refugees living in informal tent settlements in Lebanon and Jordan. Photo: Karl Schembri/Oxfam

8. A built-in cap allows people to pour in water without removing the lid, preventing contamination. 

And the best part is—just $20 for A bucket. Donate now and help save lives by providing essential clean water for those who lost their home due to conlfict.

Bucket $20

 

 

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