Around a third of the world’s population don’t have access to a toilet and so have to use fields, streams, rivers, railway lines, roadsides, plastic bags or disease-breeding buckets!
Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest. Every minute, a child under the age of five dies because of dirty water and poor sanitation. Around half the people in the world have an illness caused by bad sanitation.
In Africa, half of young girls who drop out of school do so because they need to collect water – often from many miles away – or because the school hasn’t got separate toilets for boys and girls. Not having a loo puts people at risk of being bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass and makes women and girls a target for sexual assault as they go to the toilet in the open.
The charity Toilet Twinning is working to make a difference by providing people with clean water and basic sanitation. Their community led approach works with local communities to educate on hygiene practices and then to support families to build their own toilet. It has been found that people having built their own latrine are much more likely to continue to use it, and maintain it – ensuring the project is sustainable.
Pousada Serra Verde believes and supports this worthwhile project and it’s toilets are twinned with toilets in Kasongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
If you would like to support Toilet Twinning go to Toilet Twinning.Org. and twin your toilet!