The Sanitation Issue
The United Nations estimates that over one billion people in the world practise open defecation. Globally, every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. In developing countries, 80% of diseases are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
Overall it is clear that the lack of proper sanitation leads to poor health and a lack of human dignity. Cambodia is not exempt from this problem, with over 6.5 million people lacking safe sanitation. This directly contributes to economic loss, decreased education and child mortality.
Building Toilets For Safe Sanitation
Health is critical to those who rely on physical strength to earn money, hence, the focus on sanitation. After a survey and interviews with rural villagers to determine eligibility, OHF constructs 1.5 metre deep pit toilets for families in need. The toilets are cemented and tiled, then surrounded by painted zinc sheets with a locking door. Priority is given to families of single women and children.
Make Safe Sanitation Possible
The cost of building a proper toilet can consume a full year’s income for a poor rural family. You can make a donation of $850 to donate a toilet to a family in need, and make a significant difference to their daily lives and standard of living.