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The backstory on #WorldToiletDay

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You’ve probably seen #WhenNatureCalls trending across social media - any guesses what it’s all about?

 Today is World Toilet Day (WTD) which is an official United Nations International day.

 

It’s to help inspire and raise awareness about the global sanitation crisis.  Crazy to think, but it’s a scary statistic, 4.5 billion live without “safely managed sanitation” and around 892 million people practise open defecation.

 

The day itself was created by the World Toilet organisation in 2001, just 12 years later the UN General Assembly declared World Toilet Day an official UN Day in 2013.

 

Did you know…

  • More people in the world have phones than toilets
  • 1/5 of schools worldwide have no toilet facilities at all
  • 900 Million school children have nowhere to wash their hands
  • 445 Million women and girls go to the toilet in the open

Thames Water along with our charity partner WaterAid share a vision of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation.

 

Since partnering up with WaterAid in 1981, our customers and employees have donated over £35 million, which continues to help WaterAid make our vision into a reality.

 

Between 2011 and 2015, we completed a four year bespoke project with WaterAid in Bangladesh; our customers, employees and partners raised over £2.14 million. This helped 43,000 people gain access to clean water and 46,000 people somewhere safe & clean to go to the toilet. 

 

Now we’re working with WaterAid to help the people in Malawi. 1.7 million people don’t have access to clean water and more than 10 million people don’t have anywhere safe to go to the toilet. 

 

One of our priorities for this project is to make sure the people of Malawi have access to safe water & sanitation.

 

We will be talking more about our work in Malawi in our future blogs so stay tuned!

 

*WTD facts provided by: worldtoiletday.info/wtd2018/