“Let’s Honour Our Cleaners with a Selfie of Thanks and Thumbs Up encouragement this World Toilet Day,” says WTO Founder Jack Sim.
Step #1 Take Selfie with your favourite Toilet Cleaner
Step #2 Post on social media and hashtag #HonourOurCleaners
Step #3 Tell your friends to do the same on 19 Nov UN World Toilet Day!
What if, for 7 adverts published in the local leading dailies, a community of 1000 people could get water filter retrofitted to their water source eg borehole, water pounds etc?
They Could! See how.
SDGSUPPORTERS, even though I’m worried about the future of the underserved — and I’m sure you are too — I’m also optimistic for what the future will bring… provided we stand up for what we believe in.
Mean-spirited and greedy actions have motivated millions — literally millions — of us to speak out like never before. And the biggest lesson I’m taking from the last 4 weeks of unprecedented team work is that the power you and I have to make a difference is real, and here to stay.
So even though at times the political climate looks bleak, I believe we’re on the cusp of another great wave of reform. And you are a critical part of it.
Sarah-Jane Brownlie, the team at RaHaSolutions
If you’re as upset as I am about the ‘underserved’ — I want to tell you about a game-changing solution: SDGSUPPORTERS.
Here’s how it works: SDGSUPPORTERS is a supplement in leading daily newspapers. It invites readers to nominate communities or schools for water, sanitations and hygiene services. You enable publishing of the supplement by placing your ads in it –– while nominating, readers must mention the ads, without which they (readers) would not see the invite.
This simple idea makes advertising less expensive. It also makes the services more accessible by the underserved. It’s a much-needed improvement over our cumbersome, outdated processes of availing the services. Plus, it’d significantly decrease the number of the underserved — the nominees get the services at a rate of one nominee per week.
Now, I need your help to keep this momentum going. Make advertising in SDGSUPPORTERS a top priority in the coming months.
With this critical support, you will make sure every underserved person gets water, sanitation and hygiene services. Please step up to fuel this fight today.
Thank you for your immediate response,
Sara-Jane Brownlie, the team at RaHaSolutions
We might be at a turning point in our life.
But what you and I do next will decide which way things turn.
SDGSUPPORTERS, we have all been working hard for the last 3 weeks. But keeping it that way won’t be easy.
We know that many companies and CEOs are yet to known about our call to them to also become SDGSUPPORTERS.
Our teams — powered by more than twenty thousand SDGSUPPORTERS like you — are what could make the difference.
SDGSUPPORTERS, I need you in this fight for the long haul. We need to keep reminding the companies and CEOs that we need them. Now, more than ever, we need a strong, nonpartisan alignment of every activity (including advertising) to SDGs (sustainable development goals).
That’s why I’m personally asking you to step up and support our vital work. Can you reach out to a company or CEO today?
We must provide water to the water starved — they are an important part of our society — sanitation and hygiene services to all that lack the same in our society.
I’m glad we can count on your support,
Sarah-Jane Brownlie, the team at RaHaSolutions
REPORT BY ANITA LUKORITO
Kyuasini Primary Boarding School is officially opened today. This initiative is as a result of joint efforts between several associations including Action Aid and Raha Solutions. The boarding school is now expected to admit more than 200 boys and girls according to the headteacher Mr Kennedy Kitilu.
Spearheading the launch; Raha supplied water and they will continue refilling with water the water tanks in the school. They will also build Sani Solar toilets and distribute reusable safepad to the girls.
“We appeal to Safaricom PLC to support in-kind. Branding our water tanks with their good name will enable us and many others who are like us to get water, toilets and safepad from RaHa. We are admitting 200 students but we expect more by end of this year”, Mr Kitilu said. The headteacher hopes for further expansion as the community has responded positively to the idea.
As compared to the past, education is now seen as a vital tool among the people. Kyuasini, located in Makueni county, has had poor attendance of students. The surrounding community was so immersed in cultural practices that devalued education.
However, with the determination of the school head and several associations, the boarding school has changed the negative concept. Girls were the overly affected gender with the number of early pregnancies and sexual assault cases on the rise.
“The local community is responding so well to this idea in contrast to what was there before. Parents have now opted to taking their girls to school instead of early marriages. The negative traditions are slowly fading away. “, Mr Kitulu added.
The school will need more amenities as more students get admitted. Items like mattresses and beds will be needed to help accommodate more students.
According to the headteacher, students are to be admitted every week and the facilities may not be substantial enough to meet up the demand. Regarding this, the appeal for any assistance to help continues, the course will be of importance.
As much as girls will benefit most from the boarding facility, boys will also be at a better fit. Being a part of the program will not only impact on the school but also on the wider community.
We are happy to inform you that Kenya Urban Roads Authority responded positively, regarding building toilets on roads in Kericho County (see self explanatory twitter conversation above).
People are excluded from quality health care coverage and they are water starved. Schools are toilet-less. As a result girls drop out of school when they start menstruating. This is so unfair –– lack of water and toilets, medical services, and just being born a girl, are enough to lock families in poverty for generations.
We change this in villages and school that you care about –– see details