On 2nd September 2014, the Jammu and Kashmir region was struck by heavy floods caused by severe monsoon rainfalls.
What is World Toilet Day?
For those of us who have access to sanitation facilities, the thought of having a ‘day’ dedicated to toilets may seem comical. However, for the 2.5 billion people across the world (one in three people) who do not have access to a safe, private toilet – there is nothing humorous about this.
For many years now, World Toilet Day has been marked by various organizations all over the world. However, in 2013, World Toilet Day was officially recognised by the United Nations as a day to raise awareness of sanitation issues – including hygiene promotion, the provision of basic sanitation services, and sewerage and wastewater treatment. The objective of World Toilet Day is to make sanitation for all a global development priority and urge changes in both behavior and policy on issues ranging from improving water management to ending open defecation.
Did You Know?
- Men, women and children have no choice but to face the embarrassment of going to the toilet in the open, where they are exposed to illnesses and in danger of physical and verbal assaults.
- Roughly 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that's almost 2,000 children a day.
- Every year, around 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation.
- More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet.
Let's Take Action
The World Federation’s ALI ASGHAR WATER APPEAL is committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions as well as providing access to clean water in areas of deprivation across the world.
19 November is World Toilet Day and this year The World Federation is inviting you to join us in constructing 50 toilets in the town of Kallurkot (Punjab Province) - one of Pakistan’s deprived and underprivileged areas. 200 families living here do not have private toilet facilities; moreover, as families struggle with poverty, they cannot afford to construct the lavatories which they so desperately need. On World Toilet Day, let’s take action and do our part by supporting these families who lack their basic right to access to sanitation services.
Photos (below) – Makeshift sanitation facilities where open defecation is a growing and serious issue among the local residents
Please Donate Today: Ali Asghar Water Appeal
End open defecation and restore the dignity of 200 families living in Kallurkot by sponsoring a lavatory in full or in part with your donation to the ALI ASGHAR WATER APPEAL.
Donate directly to your Jamaat Treasurer
For more information, please email [email protected]
The International Development’s Relief division is the humanitarian arm of The World Federation of KSIMC where we aim to provide practical solutions for the different challenges faced by men, women and children around the world who lack basic provisions in regions of deprivation, war and natural disasters.
The World Wildlife Fund reported that by 2025, Pakistan will be on the brink of a major water shortage, with 33 percent less water than it needs. Already, too few dams exist to contain rainwater and millions of gallons flow out to sea each year. In 2010 and 2011 alone, it was reported that nearly 18 million gallons of water streamed out to sea. Today, millions of Pakistanis have no access to clean drinking water and farmers don’t have enough irrigation water to grow good crops.