Can something as simple as a toilet save lives?

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?

BF Homes Health Center in Parañaque, Philippines where a Quotarian service project included restoring bathrooms and new toilets.
BF Homes Health Center in Parañaque, Philippines where a Quotarian service project included restoring bathrooms and new toilets.

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.

2 thoughts on “Can something as simple as a toilet save lives?

  1. Great work team – I love the reworking of this blog.
    From one proud President,
    Karen

    Sent from my iPad
    Karen Murphy
    Phone: 0409746301

  2. “Can something as simple as a toilet save lives?” Quota International of Pampanga believes so. And they feel so strongly about this that they made it their UNIFIED SERVICE PROJECT during the last District 41 Conference last April. They were hoping to save enough money to build an eclosure to house 2 simple toilets (one for men and another for women) with a deep well, in the middle of the community of an indegenous group of peopled called Aetas in the town of Porac Pampanga Phil. Unfortunately, the money received during the discon was not enough for the envisioned project and although the club itself doubled the amount of money donated which amounts to Php90,000.00, it is still not enough. We still haven’t given hope… we are currently making personal appeals to potential donors in our community and are determined to make this project a reality.

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