Tomorrow is World Toilet Day –a day to raise awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation.
And this weekend, End Water Poverty members and partners across the globe are holding ‘Crisis Talks’ public hearings in local communities where people affected by the water and sanitation crisis can speak out about life without these basic services.
They will be meeting government ministers and other decision makers to tell those who have the power to make change happen that it’s time to act to end the crisis that claims 4000 children’s lives every single day.
Action in 20 countries!
Crisis Talks are taking place today and tomorrow, World Toilet Day, in 20 countries across the globe from Togo to Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, India and the UK!
In the Netherlands, End Water Poverty member Simavi, will be launching their World Toilet Day report with a huge toilet in Dam Square, Central Amsterdam, on Saturday! Whilst in the UK, WaterAid supporters have already met 10 of their MPs with another 15 meetings planned today and after the weekend.
Sanitary workers in Nepal today reported on the sanitation crisis to their Minister of Local Development and State Minister of Finance. They displayed a photo exhibition of public toilets to highlight the need to improve sanitation and a documentary was shown on the state of toilets in urban areas. And in Liberia, communities in seven different counties are speaking out to explain how lack of access to adequate sanitation is impacting people’s health and economic and social well-being.
Next weekend, in Malawi, a Crisis Talk will be held in the slums bringing decision makers directly to those affected and tomorrow in Tanzania, talks will be held about the impact of poor water and sanitation on education.
Remember, it's not too late to organise a Crisis Talk - they can be planned anytime from now until the Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting in April!
End Water Poverty members and partners campaigning on and around World Toilet Day!
Today, WaterAid have launched a hard-hitting new report, Off track, off target and new global campaign, WaterWorks, to emphasise the effectiveness of water and sanitation aid and encourage world leaders to prioritise it in aid efforts. Read more and see their brilliant campaign video here.