It’s World Toilet Day! Here are 3 ways to celebrate.

World Toilet Day started on November 19, 2001 to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle a simple but neglected topic – sanitation and water access. According to UNICEF, 2.6 billion people lack access to a safe sanitary and private place to go #1 and #2. Open defecation increases child death rates in rural communities by 43% and girls in particular face harassment and assault.

The WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program was founded to ensure that communities around the world have the tools and education to prevent disease and early death due to lack of access to improved sanitation.

Your support makes LWR contributions to the WASH program possible! Together, we distributed Personal Care Kits, constructed latrines and washrooms, and helped strengthen waste management systems. Access to sanitation and toilets means girls are more likely to stay in school, child mortality rates decrease, and people are protected from disease…all from a simple toilet!

Here are three ways to celebrate this year’s World Toilet Day.

Make Personal Care Kits

For people who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence, Personal Care Kits provide simple items that promote dignity and good health. Give hope through by giving a Personal Care Kit.

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School children in Hualgayoc, Peru
School children practice hand washing after receiving personal care kits during a recent LWR distribution at their school in Hualgayoc, Peru. School teachers often use distributions to reinforce important messages such as how and when to wash hands.

Give the gift of water

Help families around the world access water through a Family Water System, Well Construction Materials, Emergency Water, and/or Water Harvesting Pits.

Collaborating with the ACT Alliance, LWR responds to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti with Emergency Water filters, hygiene buckets and temporary shelter kits.

 

Haiyan Recovery Aldrin Lauding
Aldrin Lauding works with 6 others to build cement toilet bowls for sanitation project participants. By making bowls locally, we support the local economy and train families on hygiene practices.

 

Water tower construction in Bihar, India
LWR is helping build a household tap water system in Bihar, India. This water tower will provide water to the families in the community.

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