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. This gift contributes to projects that also teach people about the importance of sanitation and hygiene, training in how to build toilets and items contributing to building toilets, such as toilet pans.
Gifts and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Should the number of items sold or the funds raised exceed the amount needed for the projects these gifts are intended to fund, TEAR Australia will redirect donations to similar development work.
A safe toilet, along with basic hygiene education, can make a huge difference to people’s health and well-being.
Poor sanitation leads to disease and illness, which takes its toll on communities. A few years ago, there was a cholera outbreak in the Rukum district of Nepal that hospitalised hundreds of people and claimed 55 lives. Soon afterwards, TEAR’s partner United Mission to Nepal began a sanitation program in this area, providing education about the importance of sanitation as well as training and support to people to build their own toilets.
Khadka and Sete KC, pictured, live in Magma, an area of Rukum district that was one of the first to declare itself Open Defecation Free. They are proud of their new toilet, which they built with support from UMN.
Many in their community are now doing the same, which will help reduce disease and improve the health and quality of life for everyone. Jashiram Khadka, the chairperson of the Village WASH Coordination Committee and Village Secretary says: “The number of latrines and their use has grown from just three in 2010 to 945 in December 2012. Only 149 families are without a latrine in their home in the entire VDC. They too will have one by May 2013.”
Your gift of a toilet is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
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.