Ganga Action Parivar joins the United Nations in celebrating a variety of holidays each year that allow us to reflect on the important issues worldwide and how we can join together to help! On November 19, 2014, we will be celebrating UN World Toilet Day. According to the United Nations, “[w]hile a vast majority of the world’s population has access to mobile phones, one third of humanity (2.5 billion people) do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development” (United Nations).
In India, some 450 million people live in the Ganga River Basin, many of whom have no sanitary facilities. This is not only embarrassing, but also presents a security threat to women and girls in particular, and contributes to girl children dropping out of basic schooling due to lack of toilets. At the same time, populations are forced to use the Ganga as a toilet out of necessity, fouling Her waters and potentially spreading disease. Ganga Action Parivar is working to provide thousands of zero-waste, “bio-digester” toilets in villages and other locations throughout the Ganga River Basin.
Join Ganga Action Parivar in working to prevent the issues due to lack of toilets this World Toilet Day!