World Toilet Day (WTD) is coordinated by UN-Water to inspire action to combat the global sanitation crisis. Globally, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes waste.

This year’s theme is wastewater.

Wastewater is any water that has been negatively impacted by human use. This includes water that gets flushed down toilets, drained in sinks and showers, and more. Together with governments and organizations, WTD hopes to reach a main Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030. The aim of this goal is for everyone’s poo to be contained transported, treated, and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way.

So where does Connecting Countries fit in with WTD, and how do our programs support the global SDG?

Connecting Countries has many initiatives that support WTD’s goals for wastewater in 2017.

1) Connecting Countries reuses wastewater safely. 

Hand-washing stations outside of latrines catch used soapy water, which is then used to clean the latrines daily.

2) Connecting Countries ensures poo is contained and transported in a safe manner.

Every latrine installed by Connecting Countries has raised latrine drainage floors, which reduce the risk of human contact with waste. Latrine pits are then exhausted to safely transport waste.

3) Connecting Countries promotes a focus on latrine building at Kenyan primary schools.

Currently, Connecting Countries is replacing two old latrine blocks at Kanguu Primary School in Ol Joro Orok, Kenya. The construction features in the new latrines include raised drainage floors to reduce risk of contact with waste, access ramps to aid students with mobility issues, deep footings to reduce risk of structural sinkage, and blinders for added student privacy. The construction start date is December 1, 2017.

Connecting Countries continues to focus on latrine building at Kenyan primary schools by providing safe, clean and dignified facilities for Kenyan students.