It shouldn't be so difficult to find a bathroom
World Toilet Day draws attention to a global need for adequate sanitation
Most Canadians take a trip to the toilet for granted, but many people across the globe are forced to relieve themselves in the open air.
Nov. 19, 2015
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated Nov. 19 World Toilet Day to raise awareness about the global sanitation problem. “Of the world’s seven-billion people, 2.4-billion people do not have improved sanitation,” reads a declaration on the UN Water website, worldtoiletday.info. “One-billion people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children.”
A recent CBC report highlights the issue, showing makeshift toilets, which have become permanent fixtures, including a floating shack in Yenagoa, Nigeria and a small covered area in a field in Santiago, Chile, among other images.
Learn more about how you can help fund the construction of a toilet and hygiene facility through Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s Gifts of Joy catalogue.
(above) A new toilet can make a big difference, as it did at this CCFC-upgraded health post in Masaya, Nicaragua