Around 2,000 young children die every day from diarrhea and other diseases that could be prevented through proper water and sanitation.
Girls in poor nations often have to stop their education at adolescence, not because they lack intelligence or a desire to study, but because their schools lack basic sanitary facilities.
526 million women risk exposure and shame every day because they have no option but to defecate in the open. Many of them are assaulted every year as a result.
The toilets we build for the poor are built to last, both above and below ground. Whenever possible, the underground pit is divided into three sections. When one section fills up, waste is diverted to the second and then the third. By that time, the contents in the first section decompose and the cycle continues. We often cut the cost of construction by 25% by involving local contractors and community members.
Everyone who receives a toilet from Believers Church learns the danger of bacteria and the importance of hygiene. We provide very practical instruction for keeping the new toilet sanitary and the environment safe.