Did you know that 2.5 billion people around the world live without a clean toilet?
Today is World Toilet Day, a UN recognized annual event that aims to break taboos and raise awareness on global sanitation issues. Each and everyday there are people in the world who face inconceivable conditions, and 1 out of 3 don’t have access to a toilet at all. I have seen many disgusting, truly awful toilets during my travels. Unfortunately, when you have to go- you have to go. For some in the world, this isn’t even a possibility. I find it incredibly troubling that in some areas of the world people don’t have access to such a basic human right.
The World Toilet Organization is challenging the global community to improve these horrible sanitation conditions. Studies have shown that those who have limited access to toilets have much lower than average primary school completion rates, are more susceptible ( by over 50%) to dying from a diarrhoeal disease, and have an increased chance of getting raped or abused (1 in 3 women don’t have a safe place to use the toilet.).
There are a hundred thousand great causes out there that need attention, but every single person in this world- despite geography or income- deserves to have fundamental human rights such as clean water and basic sanitation. To find out more about World Toilet Day check out their website and use #WeCantWait on Twitter to spread the message.
In honor of World Toilet Day, and sticking with the London theme this month, I would like to introduce you to Loo Tours. Loo Tours is run by fellow American and London transplant Rachel, who has turned her love of toilets into one of London’s most unique and informative days-out. I had the privilege of coming along on a Loo Tour over the summer and was so impressed with Rachel’s knowledge of London’s loos and the sheer amount of history one could learn from looking at toilets.