HSG employees celebrate World Toilet Day
Employees at HSG are talking toilets this World Toilet Day and taking action to help transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Staff will support international charity WaterAid by promoting awareness of this cause on 19 November.
It’s easy to take our toilets for granted but there are 2.5 billion people worldwide living without this basic human right, that’s one in three of the world’s population, impacting on their health, education and economic prosperity.
At HSG, we will be supporting WaterAid this World Toilet Day to help raise awareness of this global crisis.
Barbara Frost, Chief Executive for WaterAid, said: “Can you imagine life without a toilet? Sadly across the world, 1400 children die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of clean water and inadequate sanitation. And it’s not just about the unhygienic conditions; without a private toilet women and girls are vulnerable to violence, intimidation and indignity.
“Thank you to everyone who is taking action this World Toilet Day – you are making a huge difference to some of the world’s poorest people.”
World Toilet Day takes place every year on 19 November, and since 2013 has been recognised by the United Nations as an official day, demonstrating the importance of sanitation in overcoming poverty.
Did you know…
- Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
- 748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world’s population.
- 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is one in three of the world’s population.
- For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
- Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe, clean water.
- Last year WaterAid helped 2.9 million people access improved toilets.
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004,18 million people with sanitation.