Yeah. It’s a thing. It’s a real day and it’s recognized globally.
So what is World Toilet Day exactly? It’s event driven, action focused and strives to address the 2.5 billion people whom do not have improved sanitation.
1 billion people still defecate in the open.
Imagine women and girls risking rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy. I can’t even fathom this and I’ve traveled the world.
Don’t Look Away
Okay. So now that I’ve got your attention. What can WE do about this? My pal, Titus started a non-profit that supports these opportunities. He garners financial gifts that build water well and schools. Schools! With indoor toilets that get clean water from wells. The 25 Group exists to make a better world. And so does World Toilet Day.
Equality and dignity is the theme of World Toilet Day 2014. Maybe you don’t care about equality. Fine. But we all want to keep our dignity.
When I was a kid and went camping, I had a place to defecate privately. When I was in the Army, I had safety and the protection of my brothers. I certainly have no concerns or fears when I use the restroom today. I’m spoiled by insanely cool iOS apps like Charmin’s Sit or Squat. It tells my and my girls if we should sit (clean toilet) or squat (disgusting and dirty toilet). But we always have options.
Today is not a day to celebrate. Today, when you have your daily constitutional, look where you are. And think about this. Today is a day for action.