We are not aware of what we have until we lack it in a moment of need. The social experiment carried out by the Foundation in a well-off area of India on World Toilet Day started the campaign #CloseOpenDefecation in a country where more than 250 million people defecate in fields, streets and railways. A fake toilet stirred consciences.
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In India, in addition to adequate and dignified toilets, it is necessary to extend knowledge and hygienic practices among the population, especially in schools and women of menstrual age. This is a goal that requires important socio-cultural and educational advances and is taken on by the We Are Water Foundation in its projects in India. On World Toilet Day these efforts took on special prominence.
The water taps on the streets of Methinkot ran dry after the devastating earthquake of 2015 in Nepal. The 700 inhabitants of the village now depend on a single fountain half an hour’s walk away. The short film The last Sprout, by Poudel, one of the finalists of the We Art Water Film Festival 4, tells the daily routine of Puspa, a 12-year-old girl, her mother and her aunt, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water.
In Wakiso, right in the heart of Uganda, a project of the We Are Water Foundation and World Vision is turning an orphanage into a reference point in the management of water access in one of the countries with the greatest water crisis. At the Global 6K For Water race on the 19th May we will run for its students and for all women and children that need to walk to collect water to survive.
The We Are Water Foundation renews its partnership with UNICEF and starts a new project in Burkina Faso based on the CLTS approach. The goal is the empowerment of communities for the building and maintenance of their own latrines and hygiene education to eradicate open defecation.
In many deprived areas with no access to water, millions of people are not aware that some of their daily routines pollute the water they will end up drinking. Knowledge of good hygienic and sanitary practices related to water is essential to end the embarrassingly endemic diseases in many areas of the world.
To learn to wash their hands and to be able to do it in school is the best lesson for those millions of boys and girls for whom diarrhoea can be lethal. It is a knowledge transmitted to the family, which creates a hygiene culture that is essential to overcome poverty.
No one feels embarrassed anymore when talking about it. Referring to the lack of latrines implies talking of the greatest healthiness problem faced by mankind, as it is the main cause of the open defecation of 946 million people. We have exorcized the latrine of social taboos and we now see it as a source of economic growth.
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