According to NPR, there are 2.5 billion people around the world without toilets. With that statistic in mind, consider the news story from May 2014 that uncovered just how dangerous and even deadly it is for some women in India to find a place outdoors to use as a restroom. As one BBC Hindi reporter succinctly put it women face unspeakable danger “as they wander around in the dark because there [are] no toilets in their village.”
With over 35% of the world’s population living without this form of modern sanitation, we can’t help but beg the question. How much difference can a simple toilet can make in a community?
In efforts to support the people of Parañaque in the Philippines after a major typhoon devastated neighborhoods, Quotarians immediately stepped in to improve a new community health clinic. While some of these improvements included structural renovations and the provision of medical supplies, other crucial enhancements included building new bathrooms, repairing sewer lines, and restoring indoor toilets.
It might seem obvious that the renovation of a health center include improvements to the bathrooms and toilets, but let us not understate the importance of such projects. A toilet can serve as a lifesaving improvement to hundreds communities around the world. This and other examples of Quota’s work illustrate why what we do is important.
November 19 was recognized by the United Nations as World Toilet Day, an effort to bring attention to the parts of the world that lack proper sanitation.