Tackling poverty one toilet at a time
Sanitation is the single most cost-effective public health intervention to reduce child mortality.
(World Bank, 2006)
Every year, over 800,000 children under five die from some form of diarrhoea based disease; dirty hands, flies and contaminated earth make home a deadly place to be. Our ecosan toilets have transformed the lives of 350,000 people in India and Africa. Whole communities are healthier, adults can go to work, and children can stay in school. By earning more and spending less on medication, people are much better off. This all adds up to a brighter future full of opportunity for everyone.
Dignity & Respect
It’s not just about toilets; it’s about respect. Thanks to our supporters, we’re able to give more respect, dignity and hope to some of the poorest people in the world.
A global sanitation crisis
We currently live in a world where more people in India own a mobile phone than a toilet. This shocking lack of basic sanitation leads to the contraction of diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio, which are all carried by faecally contaminated water.
Too weak to attend work or school, many people are forced to buy expensive medicine, becoming trapped in an endless cycle of poverty. As well as being a public health issue, sanitation is also, undoubtedly, a major contributor to social injustice and poverty.
The nutrients found in an adult’s human waste contain the same amount of nutrients that are required to grow enough cereal to sustain that same adult.
It’s almost as if nature intended people to recycle their waste and create more food!
If all 774 million people in India waiting for household toilets stood in a line, the queue would stretch from Earth, to the Moon, and beyond.
Sanitation First has a vision of everyone having access to a safe and hygienic toilet. Toilets are the stepping-stones towards a better future for people living in acute poverty, as basic sanitation is the linchpin that connects all other forms of development. Without improved sanitation, poverty will not be eradicated.
We will always employ the right system to best suit the needs of our users, and our work fits broadly into three categories: community, schools and family.
Sanitation First toilets in use in India
Toilet uses per day
Tonnes of compost produced since 2005
People using our toilets in India
Since 2010, Sanitation First has been developing an innovative solution designed to function efficiently in the challenging environments of space-restricted slums; we call this our Inner-City Sanitation model (ICS), which has grown to 6,000 users.
Sanitation First has built 158 school ecosan blocks in primary, middle and senior schools, providing relief from fear and shame to over 155,000 children in India. Our ecosan toilets give these children a safe, clean and hygienic place to go to the toilet.
Sanitation First has a vision of everyone having access to a safe and hygienic toilet