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You now can feel even better about those 20 or so minutes a day you spend on Facebook.
The social networking site has tinkered once again with its donation feature to make it more user-friendly and accessible to nonprofits.
The updated tool,
Prepare for a sh*t storm -- of awareness-raising emojis.
To help pick up steam for World Toilet Day, and the 2.4 billion people who lack access to sanitation, supporters on Thursday are being given the tools to customize their own poop emojis.
Developed by nonprofit WaterAid, the #GiveAShit campaign lets users outfit the giddy brown emoji in a range of colors and accessories. But it isn’t just about brightening up the dung-hued guy.
The app also invites users to add items that relate to the gravity of the issue at hand, including a shiny toilet, a roll of toilet paper and clean drinking water. Participants can also make a $10 donation via text message to WaterAid, which improves access to clean water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.
But the campaign isn’t all sh*ts and giggles.
The lack of clean water and sanitation is both a massive health and women’s rights issue.
Diarrheal disease, for example, is the second leading cause of death among children under 5, claiming about 760,000 lives every year, according to the World Health Organization. It can be contracted through contaminated food and drinking water, but can be easily thwarted through improved sanitation and hygiene methods.
And the fact that 1 billion people are still defecating in the open continues to put women at risk for harassment.
In developing countries, women and girls often have to decide whether to venture outdoors to relieve themselves and risk getting assaulted, or wait until the morning, which makes them more susceptible to developing urinary tract infections and other issues.
In May of 2014, for example, two teenagers from Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state in India were gang raped and hanged from a mango tree in the middle of the night while they were going out in the fields to relieve themselves, the Associated Press reported.
Lack of access to toilets at school also keeps girls from pursuing education. The issue becomes particularly concerning for girls when they menstruate, and simply choose to stay home rather than endure the indignity of being exposed in front of male classmates.
In an effort to tackle the issue, the U.N. declared as part of its new Sustainable Development Goals that, by 2030, the world will achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and an end open defecation.
“Despite the compelling moral and economic case for action on sanitation, progress is too little and too slow,” Ban Ki-moon, U.N. secretary general said in a statement. “By working together, and by having an open and frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation, we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family.”
Learn more about World Toilet Day and how to get involved with the the #GiveAShit campaign here.
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First lady Michelle Obama has a proposition for any landlord eager to unload vacant space.
FLOTUS recently called on landlords and property owners around the U.S. to consider opening up units to homeless veterans, a move she considers a “smart thing to do for your business.”
Through her Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Obama is working to end chronic veteran homelessness this year. And while she, together with the Department of Veteran Affairs, and participating government leaders have made significant inroads, Obama sees an untapped resource in landlords across the U.S.
In a taped statement, Obama urged more landlords to consider getting involved with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, an initiative that provides grants to nonprofits and consumer cooperatives on behalf of vets in need and to be more receptive to accepting HUD-VASH vouchers.
A joint effort between the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, these section 8 vouchers are doled out to qualifying veterans as a means of rental assistance.
In addition to getting the vouchers, recipients are matched up with case managers and get VA supportive services, so any participating landlord knows their tenants are being closely monitored.
Landlords in a number of major U.S. cities, including Seattle, Los Angeles and Atlanta, have already gotten involved in the programs.
LA, which has more than 2,700 homeless veterans, has been working to reduce the stigma that’s often associated with veterans. Through its “Home for Good” program, the city is working to identify more landlords willing to rent to homeless veterans, NBC Los Angeles reported.
But getting landlords to see the benefits of the program remains a challenge.
"I think there's some fear of owners of the veterans, because maybe there's the Rambo types they've seen on TV" Jim Perley, a Vietnam veteran who’s now president of Western America properties, told NBC.
On a single night in January, there were 49,993 homeless veterans across the U.S.
Obama reminded potential landlords in her taped statement that taking in veterans comes with strategic advantages. They’re guaranteed rent payments and supportive staff to handle any issues should they arise, among other benefits, she added.
“You all have the power to open doors for our vets and give them the stability they deserve,” Obama said, “and help our country solve an issue that’s been swept under the rug for too long.”
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In this case, an aid group hopes taking from the poor -- and giving to the poor -- could be an effective way to help the biggest slum in Africa.
In Kibera, Kenya, which until recently had no access to clean water, there are few toilets and no hospitals or clinics. But there’s a vast amount of valuable street art that could bring in a significant amount of funds to the impoverished area.
Back in 2009, famed street artist JR painted murals of local women’s eyes and faces on rooftops in Kibera as part of his “Women Are Heroes” series. The struggling residents were receptive to the project since JR used water-resistant materials that would help protect their homes.
Since then, though, many of the pieces have deteriorated. But while those that haven’t continue to increase in value, the pieces are at risk for getting stolen or crumbling in the heat.
That’s why WaterisLife, which provides clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs, decided to take the intact murals, auction them off and use those funds to improve water and sanitation in Kibera.
Deutsch Inc. came up with the concept about two years ago, and WaterisLife used its connections on the ground to open the residents up to the idea.
The advertising agency reached out to JR twice about the campaign, but he declined to participate, Frank Cartagena, creative director at Deutsch NY, told The Huffington Post.
WaterisLife worked with a local security team to engage with residents who had the murals painted on their dwellings. Many were unaware of the paintings' value, but were willing to give them up when the organization offered to replace the murals with new corrugated metal rooftops.
“It’s like it’s raining inside my house," one resident told Deutsch of how the mural failed to provide enough coverage.
The campaign removed two pieces at first from the slum. The group recently went back and got four more.
The goal is to sell 10 pieces altogether, valued at $400,000. So far, once piece has sold for $10,000, Cartagena told HuffPost.
The funds will be used for a number of infrastructure programs, including installing a 5,000-gallon-per-day water filter, building a community hand-washing station and repairing hand-washing outlets for 4,000 school children, among other initiatives.
While the organizers behind the campaign certainly ramped up the drama behind executing the "heist," the executives pointed out that it was really the efficiency of the operation that sold them.
“Most charity advertisements have to ask people for donations. We didn't," Cartagena and Sam Shepard, both creative directors at Deutsch, said in a press release. “We simply saw something of value that would have otherwise gone to waste and used it to make a direct impact for the people of Kibera.”
There’s always next year, America.
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