To build 50 toilets for the year 2016
- Our Work
Currently, 2.5 billion people globally don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities – meaning more people have access to mobile phones than to toilets. Along with health issues presented by lack of proper toilet facilities, many girls don’t attend school due to their periods if there is no toilet. Our goal is to ensure that each one of the schools that we support has adequate toilets to ensure that everyone can go to school and stay healthy along the way.
World Toilet Day was established by the United Nations in 2001 to raise awareness about lack of available sanitation around the world. Currently, 2.5 billion people globally don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities – meaning more people have access to mobile phones than to toilets.
Lack of access to sanitation creates a host of health problems, making it easier for diseases to spread, infecting drinking water and contributing to undernourishment and poverty. A child dies every 20 seconds because of poor sanitation, according to the U.N. It can also impact future economic opportunities because lack of sanitation can negatively affect school attendance, especially for girls. In 2013, 1,000 children died every day due to diarrheal disease because of poor sanitation.
The U.N. campaign to end open defecation seeks to eliminate the need for people to defecate outside, frequently with no privacy. According to a joint report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF, 1 billion people are forced to defecate in the open due to lack of sanitation facilities. This causes a range of diseases from cholera and typhoid to polio and hepatitis. It also costs the world $260 billion a year, with 20 of the most affected countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
A Better World will ensure that all of the schools we build have proper sanitation facilities. All existing schools will be assessed and new toilets will be built. All new school construction will have toilets and water as part of the construction cost.
Click here to see where the toilets are being built:Loigero Primary School