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Presentations are an estimated two (2) hours long but can be adjusted if needed. Classes can be taught in person or live streamed. Please contact us to find out about the cost of our available classes.
Where in the world is there the most need right now?According to the JMP, the areas with the lowest levels of access to water and sanitation are in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Source: JMP 2017
Why don't people have access to toilets?• They don't have enough room to accommodate both their homes and a toilet • They live somewhere – like a mountain top, village or lake – where it is difficult to build a toilet • The communities have certain taboos about owning or using a toilet • Their beliefs and customs dictate where and how to go to the bathroom • They don't have enough money to build and maintain a toilet • There are no companies in the area who produce and sell toilets
Why don't people have access to safe drinking water?• The area does not have enough fresh drinking water to accommodate the number of people living there • Naturally-occurring water sources are contaminated with toxins like arsenic and E. coli • Without access to toilets, people are forced to go outside. This usually means they are going to the bathroom in the water sources (lakes, rivers) and therefore contaminating them, or they are going in an area that will eventually get washed into the waterways • There is a drought preventing water sources from being rejuvenated quickly enough for people to use • The owner of the water source is not willing to share with those who need it • The water is managed by an organization that charges unaffordable rates • The water source is not easily accessible – it’s often too far away or across dangerous terrain
How long did it take for the developed world to get access to these things?Many, many centuries...but it only took about a century once it became clear that having toilets prevents diseases from spreading. And we still see a lot of issues with toilets in higher-income countries. Check out the Toilet Timeline to learn more.
What are the biggest challenges for getting people safe drinking water and toilets?Population growth is one of the biggest challenges for improving access all over the world. Because, despite efforts to improve access to sanitation, the population is growing so fast, It is hard to keep up. Another challenge is climate change. With climate patterns changing and certain areas having increased cases of drought or rain, people are struggling to get access to clean water and working sanitation systems. Rain can flood toilets and contaminate water. Droughts reduce the water levels and make it hard to clean oneself after going to the bathroom. Lack of resources is another challenge. Those working in water and sanitation don't have the funds to get people access to water and toilets quickly or easily. Source: USA CDC Source: National Geographic Source: WaterAid Blog Source: GLAAS 2017 Report
Don’t see the kind of class you are looking for on the list above? We are flexible and are more than happy to tailor a class that better suits your interests and needs.
In order to have a clear scope of work and ensure satisfied clients, we make sure to understand your expectations, requirements, and timelines before we begin working on new classes.
We approach most projects with a daily rate and an estimated number of days required to research, organize, and present the class. We will maintain a detailed timesheet for billing purposes. Please contact us to find out about our daily rates.