Celebrate Sanitation for All on November 19th

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This year, November 19th has been officially designated by the United Nations as World Toilet Day. Help WASH United, the World Toilet Organization and Toilet Hackers bring awareness to the sanitation crisis with a worldwide event.

Celebrate The Toilet

On November 19, the first official World Toilet Day will be celebrated at the United Nations in New York, with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Afterwards, WASH United, Toilet Hackers and the World Toilet Organization will organize a benefit for sanitation awareness at Mister H, a lounge in the Mondrian Hotel in Soho from 8pm – 11pm. Lets be thankful and come celebrate the toilets’ tireless service with us!

Did you know:

●    One child dies every 17 seconds due to lack of sanitation, unclean water and poor hygiene.
●    1/3 of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa dropout of school once they start menstruating due to the lack of access to toilets at schools.
●    Improved access to sanitation and hygiene could liberate 1/2 of the hospitals beds in Africa. 1/10 of the world illnesses are caused by poor sanitation, bad hygiene and unsafe water.
●    According to the World Bank, poor sanitation may cost the global economy approx. 260 billion USD.

Berlin-based WASH United and the World Toilet Organization have assembled a dream team of partner organizations - including American Standard, German WASH Network, German Federal Foreign Office, Toilet Hackers, WaterAid, WASH Advocates, Water For People and WSSCC for the “Celebrate the Toilet!” campaign.

Join the celebrations at http://www.celebratethetoilet.org and leave the toilet a message on the virtual toilet stall wall. Take part in the “Celebrate the Toilet!” photo contest by posting a photo of how YOU appreciate your toilet on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #CelebrateTheToilet. The winner will receive a year’s supply of Looloo Paper, a very special toilet paper.

About WASH United

WASH United is an award-winning international social impact organization headquartered in Berlin (Germany). Combining the power of sports superstars, interactive games, fun and positive communication, WASH United works to change the attitudes of children and adults around sanitation and hygiene and facilitate behaviour change at scale. WASH United currently operates in six African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania and Uganda) and in India.
http://www.wash-united.org

About World Toilet Organization

Founded on November 19, 2001, the World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO empowers individuals through education, training and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities.
http://worldtoilet.org/wto/

Toilet Hackers

Toilet Hackers is a NewYork based nonprofit organization committed to providing access to dignified sanitation to the 2.5 billion people without a toilet. They accelerate innovation by hosting annual sanitation and hygiene hackathons, raise awareness and advocacy through disruptive communication campaigns and a widespread chapter network, and implement sustainable sanitation and hygiene projects in countries with the greatest need.
http://toilethackers.org/

For further information, please contact:

Joe Yang
Seventh House
263 Eleventh Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10001
E-Mail: joe(at)seventhhousepr(dot)com, Tel.: 510-697-6239

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