Challenger site Services have played their part to help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper toilet, clean water and the hygiene education they need to be healthy.
We are also proud and delighted to have our loo twinned with a latrine halfway around the world.
To date 64,187 toilets have been built in programmes that have toilet twinning support.
Toilet Twinning funds the work of international relief and development agency Tearfund. All donations are used to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education and together this vital combination helps to prevent the spread of disease.
Lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation traps people in poverty. Their health suffers and the prospect of developing economically remains far out of reach. Here are some of the hard facts:
- 2.4 billion people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet (WHO)
- There are 46 countries where at least half the population does not have access to proper sanitation (WHO)
- 663 million people lack access to clean, safe drinking water (WHO / Unicef)
- Every day, about 900 children under the age of five die of illnesses linked to unclean water and poor sanitation (Unicef)
- More than half of primary schools in developing countries don't have access to water and sanitation. Without toilets, girls often drop out at puberty (Unicef)
- Poor water and sanitation result in economic losses estimated at £153 billion annually in developing countries, or 1.5% of their GDP (Unicef)
- For every £1 spent on a water and sanitation programme, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs (UNDP)
- In 2000, 189 countries signed up to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The sanitation target for 2015 is currently way off-target and may not be met in sub-Saharan African for another 150 years
- 1.5 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases (WASH)
People supporting these initiatives allow the recipients of the facilities to see benefits almost immediately. Children are healthier, and able to go to school; parents are well enough to work their land and grow enough food to feed their family. With better health, and more ability to earn a living, men and women discover the potential that lies within them to bring transformation.
Families, communities and even nations are starting to flush away poverty.