If you don’t already know, 2008 has been designated the International Year of Sanitation by the UN. Though it may not sound as glamorous as some campaigns you could get involved in, it has to be one of the most important given that 2.6 billion people worldwide don’t have access to even the most basic sanitation, the ramifications of which impact health, education, economic viability for developing countries, and simple human dignity. In short, sanitation is fundamental to human development and if this global problem isn’t addressed soon, then we can kiss goodbye to the aspirations set out in the Millennium Development Goals.
If you want to now more, and find out how you can make a difference, then why not turn out to one of the upcoming ‘Dying for the Toilet’ evenings being organized by WaterAid, founders of the End Water Poverty Campaign.
Events are to be held in these cities in the UK:
Mon 18th Feb Leeds University (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Tues 19th Feb Manchester University (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Thurs 21st Feb Bristol University (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Mon 25th Feb London, School of Oriental & African Studies (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Tues 26th Feb Edinburgh University (7.00pm – 8.30pm)
The main speaker will be, Lajana Manandhar from the organization Lumanti, which works in urban areas in Nepal on water and sanitation issues. She founded the organization, and has worked in the water and sanitation sector for more than 12 years and has represented Nepal at the World Water Forum in Mexico 2006.