ENVIRO LOO TOILET PROJECT – FROM DANGER TO DIGNITY
One of the most basic human needs – sanitary, private and safe bathroom facilities – is not available for roughly 45,000 school children in Limpopo Province. Most rural schools use pit toilets, which are holes in wooden structures that drop waste into a pit dug deep into the ground. Often they have no doors, ventilation or even seats.
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When pit toilets become too dangerous to use, students and teachers must climb into the South African bush, among snakes and insects, for relief. Many children, especially girls, stay home because of the embarrassment they would suffer with out access to private restroom facilities.
Students who use pit toilets are exposed to disease, injury and even death. Those who wander into the bush face humiliation and danger. Children must choose to either put themselves at risk or forgo an education, simply because this basic human need is not met at school. The problem has become so severe that the South African government is seeking assistance.
To meet this need we have begun building environmentally friendly, waterless, safe toilets known as Enviro-Loos. We have built 85 toilet stalls for schools, preschools and for our Del Cramer and Mountain View campuses to provide safe toilets and reduce the use of water.
In partnership with Rotary International and grants from Hy-Vee, we are drilling wells in rural villages to provide children with clean drinking water, as well as farmers with drip irrigation for their crops.
DAYS FOR GIRLS FEMININE HYGIENE KITS
Every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity. We help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness, by direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits, by partnering with nonprofits, groups and organizations, by raising awareness, and by helping communities around the world start their own programs.
Thanks to a global grassroots network of thousands of volunteers and supporters on 6 continents, the Days for Girls project has reached over one million women and girls in 124+ countries. It’s working! You can help us reach the girls of Limpopo.
Our Days for Girls project has distributed more than 10,000 feminine hygiene kits since we began in 2014. We continue to distribute thousands of hygiene kits throughout each year. We also host at least one DfG-focused outreach team each year.
To get involved with a Days for Girls team that is supporting Blessman International or to find out how to make Days for Girls kits on your own, please contact Paula Blessman.