World Toilet Day is more important than you might think. It’s not just about the toilets; it’s about dignity, health, and transforming communities. At the heart of this global initiative, U-Save Foundation partnered with Barek Charity Foundation to create impactful change. On November 19th, amidst the serene landscape of Mountain Village in Asokoro, Abuja, an event unfolded, aiming to revolutionize the mindsets and practices of over 350 community members for a better living.
The objectives were clear: stop open defecation, educate on proper toilet hygiene and maintenance, empower with DIY cleaning solutions, and infuse a sense of togetherness through fun engaging activities. It wasn’t just an outreach; it was a motivation for tangible change.
The outreach kicked off with an air of anticipation, as volunteers and community members gathered to partake in an event that promised not just information, but action. Discussions were around the necessity of toilets, environment, and health empowering communities to take charge of their hygiene and well-being.
The gatherings went beyond mere talks; they were immersive experiences. Community members engaged in practical handwashing sessions, emphasizing the significance of using clean water and soap.
Yet, it wasn’t all seriousness. Laughter filled the air with outdoor games like placard challenges, scent guessing games, and interactive handwashing activities, fostering stronger bonds and a collective eagerness for change.
At the end of the outreach, volunteers remained active, distributing gifts and cleaning agents, ensuring that the positive changes didn’t fade away. They guided others, making sure these changes became a lasting part of the community.
World Toilet Day isn’t just a date on the calendar. It’s a call to action, a reminder that change begins at the grassroots level. It’s about toilets, yes, but more importantly, it’s about dignity, health, and the power of collective action.
In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” And at Mountain Village, on this auspicious day, change began – one step, one conversation, one community at a time.
Let us continue this journey together, transforming communities and shaping a world where dignity and health prevail.