Imagine having to live without a toilet and going out at night, in the dark, all by yourself, to find a private spot.
People who do not have a toilet, have to relieve themselves in very unhygienic circumstances; in clumps of bushes, behind little huts or walls, or above open water. For 2.3 billion people, this is their daily reality.
A third of the world’s population have to relieve themselves in open air because there are no safe toilets. This is not only uncomfortable, but it’s unhealthy and dangerous too. Every year over 760,000 children under five die of diarrhoea alone. There’s also added danger for the many women and girls who have to do their business in open fields where there is a greater risk of being attacked by men.
The consequences of not having a toilet and being exposed to far-reaching health risks are almost inconceivable to us, but, most of all, they are unacceptable. For this reason, The Good Roll supports the ‘WASH and Learn’ projects run by the Simavi Foundation in Africa.