This grandmother sits outside her new latrine in central India. She is grateful for a loan provided by a Water.org partner to help pay for this basic household service. Grateful to know her family will have better health and the dignity a toilet affords those more wealthy in the West.
Only 63 percent of the world's population has access to improved sanitation. Not having a toilet translates into disease and illness which are responsible for days of school and work lost, embarrassment and shame, and personal safety challenges for women and girls. It also means a lack of dignity for anyone who has to relieve themselves without privacy.
More than 2.5 billion people lack a toilet and daily more than 660 million people in India practice open defecation. Both terribly shocking facts. Visit Water.org in India to learn more.