Sarwar, 65, who lives in Pakistan used to have to go to the toilet out in the open, which no one wants to have to do. Here, she stands by the new toilet at her house. “Open defecation was very tough, especially for me as an old woman. I get tired and sometimes feel sick. We built the washroom so that our dignity is saved and it’s now made life easier,” says Sarwar. Happy World Toilet Day! #worldtoiletday#wtd217#pakistan#toiletsforall. Photo: @aksgrapher
It is easy to take a toilet for granted - lock the door, do your business, flush when finished, and forget all about it. But for 2.3 BILLION people worldwide (that’s almost one in three), such a normal part of daily life is out of reach. For women and girls, this threatens their health, education and safety. Ladi, who lives in Nigeria in an IDP camp, stands by the public toilets that are out of order. She is forced to use the bush. “It’s not a great situation to defecate in the bush. At night, it’s pretty scary,” Ladi says. Tomorrow is #WorldToiletDay and here at WaterAid it’s part of our mission to make sure everyone, everywhere has access to a decent toilet by 2030. With your support, we will get there. #OutOfOrder#StateofToilets. Photo: @simivijay
Out of Order, our multi-media exhibition exploring the impact a lack of decent toilets has on women, is still open in London at the @trumanbrewery, until World Toilet Day this Sunday, 11am-7pm daily. If you’re in the area make sure to check it out. This artwork is called ‘Courage’ by @evelloydknight, and has taken over a toilet cubicle at the exhibition. ‘Courage’ explores the fear, harassment and violence that women sometimes experience when forced to go to the toilet in the open. #OutofOrder#WorldToiletDay#artexhibition#freelondon#bricklane#freevents#trumanbrewery.
For Out of Order, Emma Shoard imagines the life-journey of one woman and - through inks and watercolours - explores the impact a lack of toilets has on health. The women of Tombohuaun, in Sierra Leone, which is the focus of our Untapped appeal, know exactly what difference clean water and decent toilets would make to their lives and the lives of their sisters, mothers and daughters. Every £1 donated to the Untapped before 31 January 2018 will be doubled by the UK Government. See the link in our bio for more information. #OutOfOrder
At London’s Truman Brewery
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November #WorldToiletDay @emmashoard #untapped#health#toilets#watercolor#exhibition
Out of Order, our multi-media exhibition exploring the impact a lack of decent toilets has on women, opens this Thursday at @trumanbrewery
The exhibition features work by British and Sierra Leonean artists including Freetown based painter Josephine B Dauda whose work explores the fear, shame and embarrassment faced by women forced to relieve themselves in the open. This issue is widespread in Sierra Leone where more than 85% of people lack decent toilets. As part of our Untapped appeal, WaterAid is shining a spotlight on a remote village in the east of the country where a lack of access to both water and sanitation has a massive impact upon village life. #OutOfOrder
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November #WorldToiletDay @josephinedauda #art#fear exhibition #sierraleone
Have you ever thought about what it would be like attending a school which has no toilets? Or contemplated not eating or drinking so that you won’t need the loo, knowing that there is nowhere safe to relieve yourself? Molly Fairhurst, another illustrator taking part in WaterAid’s Out of Order exhibition, considered just those issues for her toilet cubicle takeover. Here’s a sneak peek but if you want to see more head to London’s Truman Brewery from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November #OutOfOrder
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November #WorldToiletDay @molly.fairhurst #education#illustration#art#exhibition#toilettakeover
We are thrilled to have new works by Nina Cosford on display at our Out of Order exhibition. Talking about the work, Nina told us why she was on board with the toilet themed project from the start: “Being on your period can be difficult in the best of circumstances, whether you're dealing with terrible mood-swings or unbearable pains and cramps; but imagine that without the privacy and dignity of a humble toilet cubicle, or even proper sanitary products. To me, it is so out of order that a third of women in the world are struggling to manage their periods without access to a decent toilet. It's a heart-breaking and shocking statistic that needs to be addressed.” #OutOfOrder
Truman Brewery, London
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November #WorldToiletDay @ninacosford #period#periodproblems#cramps#moodswings#toilet#illustration
To mark World Toilet Day 2017 we have commissioned female artists, illustrators and singers from the UK and Sierra Leone to take part in our Out of Order exhibition on display at the Truman Brewery. For Hawa Bangura, a Freetown based artist, it was important to highlight how diseases are spread: “A lot of people living in slums have to go to the toilet outside their house, usually on bare earth and with bare feet as they do not have any shoes – leaving them exposed to bacteria and disease.” All this week we will be giving you a sneak peek of some of the works on display at the exhibition but if you are in London head over to the @trumanbrewery where you will find our toilet takeovers and have the opportunity to purchase limited edition prints in support of our Untapped appeal. #OutOfOrder
Truman Brewery, London
Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th November #WorldToiletDay #art#artistsoninstagram#sierraleone
Meet Iye. She is the mother of Matu (who will give you your new Tombohuaun name if you click on the link in our bio). Iye runs the only shop in this tiny village, selling many things from biscuits to batteries to bubblegum. She also looks after children when their parents are off collecting water or working in the fields and she really loves this job, as you can tell. Join us this winter as we get to know the people of Tombohuaun in Sierra Leone as they go from #Untapped to tapped. Photo: @joeyldotcom#SierraLeone
How do you like to spend your down time? For Ibrahim, who's an Imam in Tombohuaun, it's playing checkers with his friends. Join us this winter as we get to know this remote village in Sierra Leone as they go from #Untapped to tapped. Photo: @joeyldotcom#SierraLeone#checkers
Meet Joe. He’s 6, and like most kids his age he loves playing with his friends. Sometimes, he pretends they are school pupils and he is the teacher, so it’s not surprising his mum hopes he will actually be one when he’s grown up. Join us this winter as we get to know the tiny community of Tombohuaun in Sierra Leone as they go from #Untapped to tapped. WaterAid.org/uk/untapped. Photo: @joeyldotcom#smile#sierraleone
Kids just want to be kids, no matter where they are in the world.
In the tiny village of Tombohuaun, Sierra Leone, the children love to play, just like they do everywhere!
We'll be getting to know them and their families better over the coming months as the village goes from #Untapped to tapped - with your help! WaterAid.org/uk/untapped. #Untapped#SierraLeone.
Tombohuaun village is already a special place but so much potential lies untapped. With clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, anything will be possible. This winter, Mamie and the rest of the community are going to get clean water for the first time ever – with help from people like you. Head to our website to find out more: wateraid.org/uk/untapped. #Untapped#cleanwaterforall#sierraleone. Photo: @joeyldotcom
Matu is a force of nature. She’s the life and soul of Tombohuaun, usually leading the dancing, cracking jokes and telling it like it is. She plays a key part in the women’s society, as well as being a traditional birth attendant. When visitors arrive in the village she gives them a new local name based on their personality. Click on the link in our bio to find out what Matu would call you! #Untapped#smile#sierraleone. Photos: @joeyldotcom
Meet Lucy and Nancy. Not only are they cousins, they are best friends and inseparable. Here they are with their homemade dolls. Lucy is often the leader of whatever mischief is going on - but Nancy is never far behind! They live in Tombohuaun, Sierra Leone , the focus village of our winter appeal, #Untapped. Want to know more? Head to our website: wateraid.org/uk/untapped. #sierraleone#smile#portrait#bestfriends#family. Photo: @joeyldotcom
Meet Matu. She wants to welcome you to Tombohuaun and give you a new local name. But first you need to tell her a bit about yourself. Click on the link in our bio to find out your Tombohuaun name! #Untapped
Nestled in the Sierra Leonean jungle is the tiny, isolated village of Tombohuaun. This region is known colloquially as ‘the place where bad things come from;’ it’s where the first shots of the 1991-2002 civil war were fired and where the first case of Ebola was reported in the 2014 epidemic. Tombohuaun itself has no electricity, no phone signal, no school, no clinic and no clean water, but that doesn’t stop this from being a united, resilient and joyful community. Get to know the people who live here by clicking on the link in our bio. Photo: @joeyldotcom#Untapped#SierraLeone#Aerial#AerialPhotography
Welcome to Tombohuaun, a tiny village deep in the jungle of Sierra Leone . This winter, we invite you to be part of something truly special: a journey to clean water. Nancy, Lucy, Matu and Strong Joe are just some of the amazing people who will be part of this incredible journey. Click on the link in our bio to find out more. #Untapped.
Felista, 48, a health worker in Tanzania faces many challenges on a day to day basis. At her clinic there is a critical lack of clean water and the toilets are not good at all. “If the toilets are dirty and the bed sheets are dirty, sometimes the women who come here to deliver their babies, they get infections after they give birth. It’s very challenging. We have a roster for all of us who work at the health centre to do the cleaning, but sometimes there is no water to use, and if there is, sometimes it is red in colour or there isn’t enough to rinse the sheets. This would be a better place if there was water here, we could clean much better. Everything would sparkle!” We are working in this region to bring clean water, decent toilets and hygiene education to health centres to make sure situations like this improve. #tanzania#health#healthystart#cleanwaterforall. Photo: @sam.vox
Sindhu, 7, who lives in Pakistan , loves playing cricket . This is her favourite game besides hide and seek. When she grows up she wants to be a doctor because she really wants to help sick people. And she knows a thing or two about hygiene: “I don’t get sick because I care about cleanliness,” says Sindhu. “I wash my hands after playing, after using the washroom and before and after having a meal.” With an attitude like that we know you’ll go far Sindhu! #inspiration#cricket#pakistan#education#sport. Photo: @aksgrapher
Can you imagine what it must be like to have to drink dirty water? Neny, who lives in Madagascar , knows. When we visited her community last year it’s what she had no other choice about. But things have changed. Clean water has now arrived right in the middle of Neny’s village! Dirty drinking water is now a thing of the past! There was even a rainbow on the day the tap was turned on for the first time! Happy Friday everyone! #beforeandafter#madagascar#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall#changinglives. Photos: @ernestrandriarimalala
Pure joy! You can see it on the people’s faces, hear it in their voices and feel it in the way they dance; the community of Tsarafangitra in Madagascar now has clean water!! This has been a real team effort; the community dug the 14km long trench which carries the pipe from the source to their village themselves! Stay tuned for more updates from this incredible village. #celebration#cleanwaterforall#cleanwater#madagascar#dance#smile#happy#joy.