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. 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 25 toilet stalls for schools and for our Del Cramer and Mountain View campuses to provide safe toilets and reduce the use water. In 2018, our goal is to build another 30 toilet stalls.
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
What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find…but still miss up to 2 months of school every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school.
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, and by raising awareness.
Thanks to a global grassroots network of thousands of volunteers and supporters on 6 continents, the Days For Girls project has reached women and girls in 85+ countries on 6 continents. It’s working. You can help us reach the rest.
Our Days for Girls project distributes thousands of kits every year. Women and young ladies in South Africa often miss work and school during their monthly menstrual cycle. These washable garments, liners, and bags give them freedom and dignity to continue living their lives as normal.
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.