India’s latest census data was released last week and the findings are startling. India’s population grew by 181 million people over the last decade reaching 1.2 billion people and according to NPR India’s population is likely to surpass China’s by 2030.
What is even more startling in India’s new census is that 53% of all Indians own cellphones and yet 53% of Indians don’t have toilets. I have written before that I am a huge proponent of people having access to water and sanitation. I know everything is not easily translatable across cultures, but properly disposing of one’s human waste in a toilet has to be. Why? When people openly defecate it causes disease. According to our partner Water.org, the lack of sanitation is the world’s leading cause of infection.
Of course, access to cellphones is much more attainable than building toilets for roughly 500 million people in India. I have to think there are measurable projects in place to give more people access to latrines. I am not sure if providing access to toilets in Indian is solely a national project that the government should undertake or if it’s a project for NGOs working with the private sector. It may be an intersection of all three of these to make it work.
I just hope in the next decade there are only 250 million Indians who don’t have access to toilets. It would still be a large number of India’s population, but we would definitely see measurable change for good.
Sources: NPR: India’s Census: Lots of Cellphones, Too Few Toilets | Water.org: Water Facts: Sanitation
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I am extremely thrilled to announce that Mom Bloggers for Social Good’s newest partner is Water.org! Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.
When I was in Kenya last summer I saw how important clean water is to everyone who lives on the continent. The fact that there isn’t complete access to clean water everywhere was staggering.
And it’s equally hard to comprehend that over 4 million people die from water diseases every year. We often take for granted that we don’t have to walk miles to get water and spend time to boil it and that we have access to clean water in our homes. We just cannot fathom living without clean water and sanitation until you see it.
I met this mother and her son in Kisumu, Kenya last year. She told us she had to walk two miles to get water for her entire family. Two miles! Process that for a moment.
Everyone deserves access to clean water and sanitation. It’s a basic human right.
I cannot wait for members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good to spread the word about the great work Water.org does for people the world over.