EVER FELT SO THIRSTY BUT THERE WAS NO WATER IN SIGHT TO DRINK? OR FELT SO PRESSED AND IN NEED OF A TOILET BUT COULD SEE NONE IN SIGHT WHERE YOU COULD RELIEVE YOURSELF IN PEACE?
LACK OF ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER AND EFFECTIVE SANITATION IMPACTS THE HEALTH OF A COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THEIR ABILITY TO DEVELOP ECONOMICALLY.
HERE ARE SOME STAGGERING FACTS:
- 2.5 billion people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet (WHO / UNICEF)
- Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest
- Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of dirty water and poor sanitation (WHO)
- Right now, more than 50 per cent of hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people who have an illness caused by poor sanitation or dirty water (UNDP)
- In Africa, half of young girls who drop out of school do so because they need to collect water – often from many miles away – or because the school hasn’t got a basic toilet.
- The lack of a loo makes women and girls a target for sexual assault as they go to the toilet in the open, late at night
- Many women get bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass to go to the toilet
- For every £1 spent on a water and sanitation program, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs. (UNDP)
- In 2000, 189 countries signed up to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The sanitation target for 2015 is currently way off-target and won’t be met in sub-Saharan African until the 23rd century.
That is where Banza Sanitation comes in to help bridge the gap, especially as concerns availability of toilets in developing countries.
The Banza toilet can be used in the safety of the home, away from the reality of rapists and snakes.
It is a portable unit and can be moved around, and even taken on safaris.
With the pilot phase of rolling out the units to select case studies in Mathare settlement area having started, our ears are on the ground to know and understand the true benefits to the community.
So far, the recipients are excited about its convenience and portability, making trips to the pit latrine, and the use of flying toilets a thing of the past.
Our hope and desire is that if the Banza toilet achieves what it set out to, to bridge a gap in the sanitation cycle, it will move from just being used by select families in Mathare, to many other families around the country and the region.