World Toilet Day (WTD) is on November 19. This year’s theme is Nature is Calling.

It is all about nature-based solutions to meet our sanitation needs.

Globally, 892 million people practice open defecation; 1.8 billion use a drinking water source that could be contaminated with faeces.

WTD is coordinated by UN-Water to inspire action to combat the global sanitation crisis. This is also to build awareness around projects aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation. The overarching aim of this goal is for everyone’s poo to be contained, transported, treated, and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way. Furthermore, we need sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems.

An infographic describing the role of Connecting Countries in development of a nature-based solution that aligns with UN's SDG goal 6.

*Water Tank Delivery Video:


How do the programs of Connecting Countries support WTD and the global SDG 6?

Connecting Countries is very proud of our nature-based initiative to solve water and sanitation problems.

1) Connecting Countries partners with schools throughout Nayandarua County in Kenya

One program that we offer includes Water Harvesting: schools are provided with 10,000L tanks to store water.

2) Rain water falling on the school roofs is collected into troughs and piping.

Rain water is diverting into the storage tanks. Water from these large tanks is used for a variety of purposes, including drinking and cleaning.

3) Piping carrying water from the tanks to hand washing troughs allows students to wash their hands each day. 

Hand washing troughs have been built at five of our partner schools in August 2018! The students who attend these schools are able to wash hands thoroughly, without waiting in line.

Each school is required to make their own liquid hand soap. Schools’ student-run Health Clubs take on the responsibilities of adding liquid soap to the troughs each morning.

4) Connecting Countries reuses wastewater safely. 

Used soapy water from hand washing troughs is drained into a separate basin. This water is used then to clean the latrines daily.

5) Connecting Countries promotes a focus on latrine building and access to clean facilities for all students at Kenyan primary schools.

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