“A Toilet is not just a Toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker.”

This day reminds us of the importance of achieving SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

A toilet ensures sanitation and sanitation is a human right. Still, 4.2 billion people in the world live without safely managed sanitation, about half of the global population.

The lack or low quality of water, together with low levels of hygiene and sanitation practices have negative effects not only on people’s health but also on their access to public services, such as education. In particular, women and girls may be prevented from managing menstruation and pregnancy in private, therefore they might not attend school due to the deficiency of sanitary services.

Moreover, children, having a more vulnerable immune system, are more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Kito, as an Onlus committed to reach SDG6, knows perfectly what the lack of sanitation means for the most vulnerable population. This is why we are currently working on a project in Mindoro Island, Philippines, for the construction of pit latrines and water systems in 13 local Minority Elementary Schools. Our goal is to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions for children, especially for girls who are usually more exposed to the negative consequences of the absence of appropriate sanitary facilities. The direct beneficiaries are about 2.150 children and the indirect ones are 15.500: that means that all the different local communities are involved in the WASH project. Kito provides also training to the local population regarding correct hygiene practices, adopting a preventive approach and providing baskets with soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and towels.

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