Remember Tanmay’s joke about 54% of Indians using the bathroom outside? Or Aditi’s quip about “a thousand gleaming bums along the railway?” And how those jokes are actually rooted in real sanitation issues faced by Indians every day? It’s a fact that 660 million Indians don’t have access to toilets, and that can lead to more problems than you might think.
Sanitation issues in India are no joke, and about 2.5 billion people worldwide face similar sanitation-related challenges every day. The UN General Assembly designated November 19 as World Toilet Day, to encourage changes in both behavior and policy on issues ranging from enhancing water management to ending open-air defecation. In honor of World Toilet Day, we compiled some of our favorite NGO friends’ ways you can educate yourself on the issue and take action.
From Water.org and ONE, two things to do on this World Toilet Day.
From WaterAid, a video about Louie the Loo, a singing toilet (and how toilets save lives).
From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Toilet Revolution.
For more official information, visit WorldToiletDay.org or WSSC.org.
Our friends at DASRA, SNEHA, and Sulabhare also doing incredible work on the ground in India to ignite social change around sanitation. For more ways you can help, or to share what you’re doing to celebrate today, use the hashtag #WorldToiletDay on Twitter.