Did you know that one in three people in the world do not have a safe, clean and private toilet? Most of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Yet the humble toilet can be a stepping stone to a healthy life, greater human dignity, freedom, equality between women and men, girls and boys, and finally, a catalyst to the development of schools, communities and countries.
World Toilet Day is not just about toilet humor, or an attempt to make toilets sexy. World Toilet Day has a serious purpose: it aims to stimulate dialogue about sanitation and break the taboo that still surrounds this issue. In addition, it supports advocacy that highlights the profound impact of the sanitation crisis in a rigorous manner, and seeks to bring to the forefront of decision makers the health and emotional consequences, as well as the economic impact of inadequate sanitation.
World Toilet Days′ vision is to grow as a collective campaign uniting on 19 November everybody who is passionate about improving people’s quality of life. Passionate about ensuring that access to proper sanitation – access to safe water, adequate toilets and hand washing facilities – which has been declared a human right, becomes a reality for all.
Safe toilets facilities keep girls in school
Did you know that women menstruate on an average for 3000 days in their lifetime? This requires very practical needs regarding the space for washing and cleaning. Especially for adolescent girls. Clean and private toilet facilities at school strongly influence girls’ attendance and performance, and increase the chance to complete their education.
Palms for Life Fund’s Vision
Palms for Life (PFL) remains committed to improving the general hygiene standards of all children in the schools in Swaziland by providing a structurally sound, clean, safe and private latrine. This is made possible thanks to the generous support of USAID and the American people. PFL strives to provide either clean perennial stream or rain water harvesting water supply for the purpose of drinking, cooking and in this case, hand washing and toilet cleaning. In addition, with the unique toilet designs put together by PFL’s field team, a boy’s urinal has been incorporated adjacent to the main structure therefore removing the strong odor of the urine and
ensuring that the toilet seat remains free of urine.
Hand-washing has become a direct corollary to PFL’s work in the schools. But this is not enough. We are now encouraging schools to purchase hand wash soap to be located at the toilets’ hand wash facility. This has been proved to be effective in reducing bacterial contamination and assists in maintaining a healthy child. As part of this campaign, we are encouraging schools to provide children with toilet paper and girls with sanitary napkins.
PFL conducts regular training courses in the schools on toilet structural maintenance and general hygiene procedures and assists the schools in ensuring that the toilets remain clean and respectable for the students and the school staff at all times.