In a world where 2.5 billion people still do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, and 1.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases as a result, there is a pressing need to find sustainable solutions to this most ancient of human problems.
“Nearly half of the population in developing regions – 2.5 billion – still lacks access to improved sanitation facilities.
Shockingly, about 650 million people in India still practise open defecation – 60% of all who do so – despite the country’s status as a rapidly growing emerging economy. Read more…
The Funny Story of the Lady and The Lavatory or Water Closet (WC)
Many years ago, remember Will and Guy, you couldn’t count on a public toilet facility when travelling either at home or abroad.
This true, short and funny story is about an English woman who was planning a trip of a lifetime to India. She had booked in to stay in a small guest house owned by the local schoolmaster. She was concerned as to whether the guest house contained a WC.
In Britain, a bathroom is occasionally called a WC which stands for “Water Closet”. This, rather genteel lady wrote to the schoolmaster inquiring about the WC. The school master who was not very fluent in English, asked the local priest if he knew the meaning of WC. Together they pondered possible meanings of the letters and concluded that the lady wanted to know if there was a “Wayside Chapel” near the house . . . a bathroom never entered their minds. Read more…