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‘Every day, about 1,800 children under the age of five die of illnesses linked to unclean water and poor sanitation. That’s more than half a million a year – or about one a minute’ (UNICEF)

Right now, our world is facing an unspoken crisis: sanitation.

An estimated 2.4 billion people (one third of the world’s population) do not have access to a toilet. Without access to a toilet, people get sick from contaminated water. Sickness prevents them from attending school or work, forces them into debt to buy expensive healthcare, and perpetuates the cycle of debt.

At Sanitation First we not only give people access to a toilet. We work with communities, schools and Governments to make sure these toilets change lives. In Pondicherry, India, households have seen a 42% decrease in healthcare expenditure and 17% decrease in case of diarrhoea, all thanks to our toilets.

It’s not just about toilets. It’s about respect. And thanks to our supporters, we’re able to give more respect, dignity and hope to some of the poorest people in the world.