Since the community I am targeting in my thesis project is on the coast of the Indian Ocean, I decided to take an unconventional user testing approach: I plan on testing the hand washing station on children locally in NYC, video tape the process and send footage to teachers, educators and activists in Africa as well as local NFPs.
I contacted Christopher Kennedy, Solar 1's Education Coordinator who seems keen to help me by letting the children who come to their facility test the product. They have children in the appropriate ages coming in and out of their facility daily so this can be a great solution. The aspect that I plan on testing initially would be the disposal of an accurately measured amount of water and flow control (50ml per child over 20 seconds). I will record the children's interaction with the unit and their reactions and responses.
I am currently working with several NFPs who help me retrieve information about the communities I am targeting. I believe that It is important for the success of the project that I keep working with several organizations simultaneously due to the physical distance from the schools targeted. It is also always good to have several point of views on a situation. As well as that, they are all very busy people with, at times, limited access to emails, so this becomes more efficient.
NFP: Charity Water Contact: Becky Straw Location: NYC Working around the world to bring clean water to developing nations. I am using a case study of theirs where they built a well for a school, however the water is not being used for hand washing, as it should.
NFP: Africa Seed Contact: Dr. Gloria Holmes Location: NJ & Uganda Put me in contact with Teachers in Uganda, as well as gives me information on materials, communities etc
NFP: Feedback Madagascar Contact: Samantha Cameron Location: Madagascar Samantha is very helpful in answering my questions about industries, the day to day lives of people in madagascar and sending me photographs of the communities and existing hand washing systems.
NFP: Tsavo treasures volunteering organization Contact: Patrick Kilonzo Location: Kenya Patrick is very enthusiastic about Safi and he is ready to start implementing plans in the ground and glow some soapy plants!