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World Toilet Day 2020

19 November, 2020 | Tor Tennant
Categories: CSR Projects, Rwanda, Sustainable Development Goals, World Days

World Toilet Day celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2019)1. It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

This year’s theme is ‘Sustainable sanitation and climate change’.

Today, the world’s toilets – and the sanitation systems they are connected to – are under threat from climate change. Flooding, drought and rising sea levels can damage any part of a sanitation system – toilets, pipes, tanks and treatment plants – spreading raw sewage and creating a public health emergency. The effects of climate change are only becoming more frequent and more extreme.

Additionally, billions of people live with weak and vulnerable sanitation systems, or no systems at all. Everyone must have sustainable sanitation, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities, to help protect and maintain our health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases such as COVID-19, cholera and typhoid.

Several CO2balance CSR projects are helping improve sanitation systems in the project activity areas we work in. A key project includes a series of school-based CSR projects in the Gatsibo District of Rwanda in partnership with Natural Capital Partners and Rwandans4Water. This project included rehabilitation of toilet facilities to provide adequate sanitation and hygiene health for school pupils.

Renovated latrines at our CSR Project in Rwanda

If you are interested in funding a sustainable sanitation CSR project that will work towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030, email us at enquiries@co2balance.com or if you would like more information visit our website to explore our services and projects.

1 WHO/UNICEF (2019): Joint Monitoring Programme 2019 update report: Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/jmp-report-2019/en/

*some information has been taken from the World Toilet Day website. For more infomation, please visit: www.worldtoiletday.info