What Defines a Proper Restroom Facility?
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN in 2015, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), represents the world's global development priorities. It is the most ambitious anti-poverty plan the world has ever seen. The goals are exceptionally comprehensive and far-reaching, so far-reaching they're even concerned with toilets.
For purposes of the SDG, the UN considers a proper restroom one in which human waste is deposited into a hygienic toilet and stored in a sealed container, separated from human contact and unable to contaminate the environment. The waste is removed for treatment by pipes or a latrine emptying service and processed into treated wastewater and waste products that can be returned to the environment or reused as fertilizer or to help generate energy. A proper restroom facility also needs to include the ability to wash hands with soap and water.
How We Help with Toilets and Sanitation
Sanitation is about much more than hygiene. Its also about human dignity.
Picture a little girl from Africa, Asia or South America. Her family lives in poverty and doesn’t have a working toilet in the home. She’s often forced to relieve herself outside, behind a tree or in the open.
At school, the "toilet" is a hole in the ground covered by a make-shift wooden box. And since hundreds of children share this one "toilet", she and her classmates often have to wait in a line for long periods of time. If the line is too long, she risks soiling herself because she can’t hold it any longer. If that happens in front of her classmates, they'll ridicule her.
As she grows up and starts her period, she becomes even more vulnerable and begins to skip school and other activities, isolating herself out of fear.
If she had access to a clean, functioning toilet and hand-washing facilities, she'd be better protected from disease and have the ability to manage her monthly period without shame or worry. She could focus on being a kid, freed from unnecessary worry.
Fortunately, our little girl attends a church we partner with, and she and her friends get to to learn how to stay clean and take care of their bodies. She is safer, healthier and able to live without fear or shame...because she has access to something as simple as a toilet. And on top of that, the entire community the church serves gains greater protection from waterborne disease.
Because we partner with thousands of local churches around the world, we are able to make safe, working restrooms available to millions of children. Your donation can turn a simple toilet into dignity for each child in our care.