World Toilet Day 2020: How toilets help villages in Nepal
Today is World Toilet Day, so let’s take a moment to think about something we often take for granted: our loo!
World Toilet Day raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people in the world without access to safely managed sanitation. It’s about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis to ensure everyone in the world has access to clean water and sanitation.
This year’s theme is sustainability.
Sustainable sanitation begins with a toilet that effectively captures human waste in a safe, accessible, and dignified setting. The waste then gets stored in a tank, which can be emptied later by a collection service, or transported away by pipework.
The impact of new toilets
Last year we completed a water project in Chhiudar, a remote village in Nepal’s hilly Rolpa District. We provided sanitation education and brought clean water and toilets to 617 people in the area.
Gopi Lal Pun, Headteacher of the village’s school spoke of the struggles that come hand-in-hand with limited access to clean water:
“Water was one of the main issues in our village. We had to struggle every day due to water fetching. In our school also, one of the main problems was access to toilets.”
“A lack of proper water supply impacted student hygiene and overall sanitation of the school.”
“Due to a lack of clean water, it used to smell and proper maintenance and waste management were not implemented properly.”
“We also did not have any disabled toilets in our schools. So, it is very hard for those students to access the toilet.”
Along with the tap stands and toilets at villagers’ homes, we also built new toilets and handwashing stations at the school. Gopi is delighted with the results:
“Due to COVID-19 impact, all students have to wear masks and classes are run in odd and even alternative settings. We are very fortunate that The Gurkha Welfare Trust has provided all the handwashing, latrine and water supply. It has benefited community people, students and teachers.
“I myself have observed improvement in sanitation and hygiene among students. The awareness programme conducted by The Gurkha Welfare Trust has created awareness about the importance of hand hygiene. Students are more aware about cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation.”
“We feel so proud and happy that disabled people can finally access a toilet easily. In upcoming years, we are very optimistic that there will be greater improvements in sanitation and hygiene among students as well as in the wider community.”
“We will maintain the required safety measures and sustain the sanitation in our school. Thank you again to The Gurkha Welfare Trust.”