Somewhere to go. A toilet is essential for improving community health and environmental sanitation. Purpose-built toilets mean less disease and more dignity in villages.
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Around 2.5 billion people around the world live without adequate sanitation. For many, going to the toilet means finding a place out in the open – in the bush or in a river or stream – which pollutes water sources, and also places women and girls at risk. A lack of knowledge about basic hygiene practices like washing hands with soap after using the toilet can result in many children and adults suffering from preventable yet potentially fatal diseases such as diarrhoea.
A simple, safe toilet, along with simple hygiene education, means greater dignity, health and well-being.
Meet Ratkala, who lives in a village in Nepal. In her 60s, she has had a stroke and is no longer able to move around easily. Before she got a toilet of her own to use, she had to visit a nearby field, which was not only difficult, but lacking dignity. This toilet was built as a result of a project by TEAR partner United Mission to Nepal, which has been working in Ratkala’s village to raise awareness about sanitation and hygiene, and providing technical assistance and materials to empower villagers to build their own toilets.
About our partner – United Mission to Nepal (UMN)
UMN works towards “Fullness of life for all, in a transformed Nepali society”. Established in 1954, UMN is a cooperative effort between the people of Nepal and a large number of Christian organisations from nearly 20 countries on four continents. Multicultural teams of Nepali nationals and volunteer expatriate staff work alongside local organisations in less developed areas of the country, building partnerships that lead to healthy, strong and empowered individuals, families, and communities.