Have you heard that it’s World Toilet Day today? It might sound like a funny day if you’ve never heard about it before, but it was actually created by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of sanitation issues around the world. An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to toilets or sanitation. Today is a day to take a moment to spread the word and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
Learn more about sanitation conditions in developing countries, how you can help, and get a glimpse of toilets around the world here…
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Over a billion people don’t have privacy 2 of 10
About 1.1 billion people around the world do not have a private place to use the bathroom, and often go in nearby bushes, ditches, railways, etc.
Find out more at World Toilet Day.
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Waste-water is not disposed of properly 3 of 10
It is estimated that almost 80 percent of waste-water goes right back into the ocean or worse ... into drinking water.
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Child mortality rates are higher in countries without adequate sanitation 4 of 10
In developing countries, diarrheal diseases come in as the second most common cause of death to children.
Find out more at CNN.
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Only a third of Indian households have toilets 5 of 10
Only one-third of the households throughout the villages in India have a toilet.
Find out more at Aljazeera.
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How to help 6 of 10
Become a 'toilette' and create a fundraiser for the World Toilet Organization. Your proceeds will go to help create sanitary lavatories and conditions across the world where people are in need of it most. Even a toilet bake sale is a great way to help!
Find out more at World Toilet.Org.
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How to help with a click of a button 7 of 10
The Water organization works to provide clean water and sanitary conditions for people in developing countries. They even have special projects that work directly with women since they are the ones who often transport water, and need clean facilities, especially once puberty hits. Throughout the world, only half the amount of girls go to school with toilets, while many of those that don't end up dropping out during puberty.
Find out how you can help at Water.org.
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South Korea has a ‘Mr. Toilet House’ 8 of 10
The Mr. Toilet House was built by former mayor Sim Jae-duck in Suwon, South Korea. He was also the founder of the World Toilet General Assembly.
Find out more at WEF.
Photo credit: Lee Youn-sook.
The English have urinals on the streets 9 of 10
During the evening, three-man urinals rise from the ground in order to accommodate the party nightlife.
Find out more at Toilets of the World.
There’s a toilet on Lincanabur Volcano in Bolivia 10 of 10
This toilet is situated 5900 meters above sea level alongside the Lincanabur Volcano that sits between Bolivia and Chile.
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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.