World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation. It is a day to do something about it.
Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.4 billion people do not use a basic toilet. Almost 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Without good sanitation, women and children are particularly at risk of disease and malnutrition. We can’t wait to change this situation. We must speak up and end the global sanitation crisis.

WTDthunderclap

This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. It’s time to end this deadly crisis and to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to a clean, safe toilet.

(Source for information and image: unwater.org)

A healthy toilet means a lot more than what people might think

At Habitat for Humanity, we focus on housing. And in each new and decent home we help build, there is always a healthy toilet. Not only meeting sanitation need that a proper toilet means, but also eradicating health-related problems, providing necessary privacy and increasing community’s environment.

No-toilet-2

The family of Nguyen Ngoc Mai was one of those who had been living without a proper toilet for years. As it was a family of six including 2 elders, it was needless to say how inconvenient it was for the family.

“It was awkward using a temporary makeshift toilet,” said Mr. Mai. “We practiced open defecation in bushes surrounding the house. As a result, we had to suffer from bad odour and unhygienic environment”.

In addition to health problems it might cause, poor sanitation didn’t offer the family privacy. Women of the family could be risk being victims of rape and abuse.                                                                                                                                                                                       The old toilet that the family of Nguyen Ngoc Mai used for years

When hearing about Habitat for Humanity Vietnam’s project in Tien Phuoc district which enabled low-income families to access to loans with low interest to improve water and sanitation facilities, Mai applied for the project without any hesitation. “My family and neighbors did know that unhygienic sanitation would lead to diseases,” told Mai. “But due to awareness of older generations which considered toilet was the least important and strained financial situation, we had put aside the need for adequate toilet. Thank you for the support of Habitat for Humanity that encouraged us to obtain a safe toilet.”

New toilet

Mai is content with the new and adequate bathroom with clean water.

Since the new bathroom was completed, Mai and his family have experienced the first-hand convenience that it brought. Sanitation is much more improved. The facilities offers the privacy needed. The space is ample enough for both taking shower and toilet. Safe water is available for cooking, drinking and washing thanks to a water tank.

As seeing that many low-income households are undergoing disadvantages living without hygienic water and sanitation system, Mai hopes the support of Habitat for Humanity will continue so not only will those households have improved sanitation but also community’s spirit will be increased.

2
A colorful day to remember for DOW Chemical team in Long An province
October 1, 2015
Habitat joins TAS service fair 2015_4
Habitat Vietnam reaches out to the youth at TAS Community Service Fair 2015
November 6, 2015
WTDthunderclap

1 Comment

  1. test says:

    I really like it when individuals come together and share views.

    Great site, continue the good work!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

X Window

Text description...

Ha Noi

Address: Room 203, E3 Building, Trung Tu Diplomatic Compound, 6 Dang Van Ngu, Dong Da Dist, Hanoi
Phone: +84 (04) 3715 2615 - Fax: +84 (04) 3715 2614

Phu Tho

Project name: Improving shelter security, health and disaster resilience in Phu Tho province
Project length: February 2015 - June 2016
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 41 households; 3 local authorities, 500 teachers and students and additional 100 villagers via training
Donor: Habitat for Humanity Australia
Budget: US$ 110,000

Thai Nguyen

Project name: Low-income housing, water and education in Thai Nguyen province
Project length: November 2014 – October 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 92 households; 210 community members and local authorities via training and 1000 students via equipment of IT classroom
Donor: Samsung
Budget: US$ 225,000

Hoa Binh

Project name: Improved housing and WASH for low-income households in Northern Vietnam
Project length: January 2014 – June 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 80 ethnic minority households; 5 local authorities and additional 200 community members via training
Donor: Evonik Industries
Budget: € 120,000

Quang Nam

#1
Project name: Building Disaster Resilient Communities
Project length: March 2014 - December 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH, CBDRM
Beneficiaries: 65 households; 200 local masons and 1200 local authorities and community members via training
Donor: Habitat for Humanity Australia
#2
Budget: US$ 204,237
Project name: Safe community in disaster-prone Quang Nam
Project length: July 2014 – June 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH, CBDRM
Beneficiaries: 56 households; additional 90 community members via training
Donor: Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Budget: US$ 127,040

TP. Ho Chi Minh

Address: 53/10 Tran Khanh Du, District 1, Tp. Ho Chi Minh
Phone: +84 (08) 3526 5005 - Fax: +84 (08) 3526 5323
Email: info@habitatvietnam.org

Tien Giang

Project name: Nine Dragons – Phase 2
Project length: October 2013 – September 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH, CBDRM
Beneficiaries: 208 households; 10 local authorities and additional 330 community members via training
Donor: AusAID and Habitat for Humanity Australia
Budget: US$ 217,641

Long An

Project name: Housing upgrade in Long An province via Microfinance partnership
Project length: March 2015 – August 2015
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 22 households; 75 community members and local authorities via training
Donor: P&G
Budget: US$ 64,874

Ba ria - Vung Tau

Project name: POSCO 3
Project length: September 2014 - February 2016
Project purpose: Shelter, WASH
Beneficiaries: 85 households
Donor: POSCO
Budget: US$ 507,475