World Toilet Day is observed November 19th. Our partner in Pakistan, the Pakistan Water Forum, has been working not only to teach people about water, sanitation and hygiene using Project WET but also to construct toilet facilities, especially for people with disabilities.
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) to implement a comprehensive water, sanitation and hygiene program in Faisalabad, the third largest city in Pakistan.Children with disabilities face many challenges in Pakistan, not the least of which is taking care of basic sanitation and hygiene needs. Toilets that are accessible to people with physical disabilities are not widely available, even at public schools. To address this gap, the Pakistan Water Forum—a Project WET partner in Pakistan—has worked with the
The project included not only education but also the construction of fifty toilet facilities for people with disabilities in local public schools. At the same time, the Pakistan Water Forum taught affected children and teachers about how to keep their water supplies safe and how to use water to stay healthy. The Pakistan Water Forum staff also launched a WASH awareness campaign within the larger community outside the school.
The Pakistan Water Forum is also addressing specific sanitation issues faced by girls and women with disabilities. Many homes in the region lack adequate sanitation facilities—especially those that can be accessed by people with physical disabilities—and often girls with disabilities are denied the chance to attend school. The Pakistan Water Forum cooperated with local social workers to identify girls in this challenging situation and help their families construct accessible toilets. The girls were also eligible to take part in water, sanitation and hygiene education workshops.