Saturday, 21 February 2009

Water Aid - Providing Safe Water And Sanitation

Something that we take so much for granted - the toilet. Yet, I was completely shocked to learn that 2.5 billion people - 40% of the world's population - do not have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet! This lack of sanitation causes deadly diseases responsible for 2.4 million child deaths a year.

WaterAid is working to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. Below you can see one of their short videos, making us think what life would be like without that simple and basic part of our life, the toilet. The video is called Life without loos: Surgeon. For non-UK readers, 'loo' means 'toilet'.

WaterAid is an international charity based in the United Kingdom, whose mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. Founded in 1981, with a vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, WaterAid is currently working in 11 African countries and four Asian countries.

1 Comment:

lisa winter said...

that was a very interesting post. i think about shortages of potable water but never for using the restroom. i'm going to check out the link you recommended to find out more.

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