I tell you what, October is chock full of Official Days. I had no idea!

In addition to being International Day of Rural Women, it's also Global Handwashing Day.

Handwashing is a critical part of hygiene and health and can mean the difference between life and death in some parts of the world.

We've blogged before about the tippy tap, which is a simple, appropriate technology being adopted in several of Heifer's project communities in Africa.

I saw a tippy tap in action in Uganda, and Marleen New wrote about them on her trip to Zambia.

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Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.