What would your life be like without a toilet?
More than 2.5 billion people have no access to improved sanitation and 1 billion people have no toilet at all. Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is a human right, but there is still a lot to do.
BORDA is working in 15 countries worldwide to improve sanitation for the poor in urban areas. More and more people are moving to urban areas, already 52% of us are living in towns and cities. In densely populated areas the risk of health problems caused by water borne diseases is high, diarrheal diseases are one of the main causes of child mortality in developing countries.
Improving sanitation means improving the life of people. It is about health but also dignity and safety. For women and girls improved sanitation means reducing the risk of harassment and abuse; improved school sanitation can significantly reduce the rate of girls that drop out from school permanently because safe toilet facilities are lacking. Improving sanitation is also boosting economic growth and protecting the environment from pollution.
BORDA celebrates the World Toilet Day 2013 by celebrating not only the toilet but also all the care takers and operators who work every day for a clean and functioning toilet facility. Our staff and collaborators in Africa and Asia would like to highlight the importance of operation and maintenance to improve sanitation sustainably.
Everybody needs a toilet, but the toilet needs to be cleaned and maintained not only on World Toilet Day but every day.
So put on your gloves, take a brush and celebrate the toilet and its care takers with us!