This post is brought to you in collaboration with Domestos Australia and UNICEF.
“World toilet day??”
“What on earth is that??”
That’s what I was thinking when I first heard about the concept a couple of months ago. Little did I know that a simple loo, that we all take for granted, could be so important in a lot of third world countries.
It’s second nature for my kids to flush and wash their hands after they’ve been to the toilet because that’s what we’ve drummed into them their whole lives. We don’t even think twice about it because the alternative is just gross. I had absolutely no idea how many woman and children especially, across the globe do not have access to a safe and working toilet. As a result, there are hundreds and thousands of children just like ours like suffer horrible illness and disease that more often than not leads to death. What’s even more shocking is that many of theses illness, like diarrhoea, should not be life threatening.
Domestos Australia and UNICEF together and trying really hard to raise awareness and help provide toilets to a lot of these communities. You can help too. Every specially marked bottle of Domestos you buy, you will bd contributing directly to UNICEF’s global sanitation programmes.
Buy a bottle and help change a life today. Here are 7 very simple reason how having a safe and working toilet can help:
- Better education
It’s simple, if children are well enough to go to school, they are more likely to get an education then if they are permanently at home sick.
- Better health
Access to clean and hygienic toilets prevents a whole heap of diseases like diarrhoea.
- Better safely
Woman especially are far less at risk of rape and harassment if they are able to go to the toilet safely and privately. Again something that we all take for granted.
- More family time
If you they have to spend hours a day walking to find a safe place to go to the toilet, they will have much more time available to them.
- Better hygiene
Another obvious one or us, but being able to flush away urine and feces will most certainly lead to better hygiene and improved health for each community.
- More confidence
This is especially important for young woman when they get their periods, and all woman during this time of the month. If they have a safe, private toilet to go to there is less shame.
- Pride and happiness
Having a toilet in their community can really give everyone a sense of pride, which in turn leads to happiness.
With this global campaign 69,000 school children have benefited from sanitation and hygiene education programmes in 260 schools, meaning fewer sick days and more children staying. This is all part of Unilever’s goal to help provide 25 million people with improved access to a toilet by 2020.
Access to a safe toilet allows children to have a brighter future. Celebrate how life is improved with a loo on the 15th annual World Toilet Day, 19th November.
Our kids don’t know how lucky they are!