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Global Sanitation

Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation

Chris W. Williams | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

One of the least discussed, yet most pervasive stigmas in gender equality is female menstruation. In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to sexism that can hold women back in their personal lives and professional careers.

Let's Talk About Poo, Baby

John Sauer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
John Sauer

Imagine for a minute that New York City is Dhaka, Bangladesh, and that in the entire city only 11% of all households are connected to a sewer, and of all that waste only 2% is treated.

Do Epic Sh*t

Toby Storie-Pugh | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Toby Storie-Pugh

I'm not fearful of not reaching Everest's summit. I have a possibly tongue-in-cheek theory that all motivations in life can be distilled down to fear. It is omnipresent, so you might as well be scared about something worthwhile.

Poop? What a Shame!

John Kluge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Kluge

The idea is that once everyone openly acknowledges -- perhaps for the first time -- that they're literally eating and drinking each other's shit, then they're motivated to come up with solutions.

Want To Change The World? Give Girls A Chance

John Kluge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Kluge

As we mark the second International Day of the Girl on October 11, I'm calling for a similar recognition of the power and potential of girls, enlisting them in our mission to bring safe, sustainable sanitation to the billions who live without it.

The Surprising Answer to Haiti's Sanitation Needs

Auren Kaplan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

Haiti has been a microcosm for all that could go wrong in the advancement of human potential. Before the country was ravaged by an earthquake, it was ravaged by a nonexistent educational system and no sanitation system whatsoever.

2.5 Billion People Don't Have Access To A Toilet. Here's Why You Should Care.

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 09.13.2013 | Impact

The infographic below highlights the fact that 2.5 billion people have to seek out other options in lieu of a loo -- and it's just not OK. Funny eu...

World Water Week: Let's Be Open About Open Defecation

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 09.06.2013 | Impact

The fact that 2.5 billion people don't have access to a toilet is pretty shi*ty. As World Water Week gets under way, advocates are drawing attentio...

India's Unbelievable New Marriage Requirement

Posted 05.25.2013 | Weddings

To participate in a mass marriage ceremony in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, there was just one requirement for grooms-to-be: prove the...

On Earth Day, Lessons Learned From a Ghanaian Slum

David Weiss | Posted 10.01.2013 | Home
David Weiss

The urgency of Earth Day has changed. In 1970, when America celebrated its first Earth Day, hybrid cars and eco-friendly light bulbs weren't even ...

World Toilet Day Facts: More People Own A Cellphone Than A Toilet

Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact

Talking sh*t, giving a sh*t -- as catchy as the campaigns around World Toilet Day may be, they also serve to highlight a serious problem surrounding l...

Why Do Girls Drop Out Of School? It's All About What Happens In The Girls' Room

Susan Davis | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women
Susan Davis

More people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women's Day on March eighth, let's not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation.

The London Declaration and Eliminating NTDs

Ned Breslin | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Ned Breslin

Polio is a water-related disease and we were left behind. Malaria has water- and sanitation-related aspects and we are being left behind. And our most obvious sweet spot -- NTDs -- have just left us behind again.

In Honor of World Toilet Day, "Let's Talk Sh*t"

Gary White | Posted 01.19.2012 | Impact
Gary White

We can all agree on the gravity of this challenge and the efficacy of solutions -- solutions that were developed more than 100 years ago. Yet today, more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet. Proper toilets and safe water are inextricably linked.

WATCH: Matt Damon Talks Sh*t For Global Sanitation Awareness

Posted 11.15.2011 | Impact

Though you may not have marked it on your calendars, World Toilet Day is coming up this Saturday. And Matt Damon has something explicit to say about i...

Water and Sanitation Are Key to Fighting Urban Poverty

Jan Eliasson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

We know that the slums will keep on growing. But we also know that we have the opportunity to avoid condemning millions to chronic poverty. We need to act now.

POOP Founder on World Toilet Day

Deanna Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deanna Neil

While poop can be funny, ecologically sound waste management and basic sanitation are no joke.