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Meeting

World toilet day 2017

The World Toilet Day is celebrated on the 19th November, a date declared by United Nations as international day with the aim of raising public awareness of this issue. “The poo journey” is the theme chosen by United Nations this year. 

The We Are Water Foundation, which collaborates with different NGOs to improve the sanitation facilities and to develop educational programs to promote hygiene habits in those countries that need it the most, has presented its new Construction manual of latrines and wells, which includes all the necessary features to ensure a safe, responsible and sustainable waste disposal system. 

After over seven years developing and visiting different sanitation projects around the world, the We Are Water Foundation has acquired extensive experience that, along with Roca´s technical support, has allowed the drafting of this manual, which aims to provide efficient, self-sufficient, sustainable, water saving and low cost solutions, in order to improve the life of millions of people. 

The manual was presented to the ONGs that collaborate since the very beginning with the We Are Water Foundation on the 16th November. Together with them, the Foundation has carried out cooperation projects in over 21 countries around the world, that have benefitted over 540,000 people: Oxfam Intermon, Save the Children, UNICEF, Educo, RDT, Women for Africa and World Vision. 

The representatives of the NGOs welcomed the idea of the manual with satisfaction, as they considered it a very useful tool to disseminate the good practices in the construction of latrines, and they showed their commitment to collaborate in its adaptation to the specific needs and circumstances of each region around the world where they develop their activity and where the toilet is an essential element to achieve the key goals of health, gender equality and dignity.