World Toilet Day

November 19, 2014

It might sound a little funny, but for millions of people around the world, toilets are no laughing matter.

According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people—more than a quarter of the world’s population—do not have access to improved sanitation. What is ‘improved sanitation’? An improved sanitation facility is defined as a latrine that “hygienically separates human excreta from human contact.” Unfortunately, one billion people still defecate in the open—not only seriously contaminating their water sources, but also making women and girls vulnerable to violence.

Samaritan’s Purse builds latrines whenever possible as part of our Water Projects. Here are some photos from the Philippines, where we are building 10,000 latrines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan which struck in late 2013. Click here to read more about what Samaritan's Purse is doing to help the Philippines continue to recover.

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