Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Making a stand for sanitation and water!

Jen Williams
End Water Poverty

It is now three weeks since the World’s Longest Toilet Queue event took the globe by storm and we have been inundated with photos, stories and registration sheets showing your incredible events!

Tens of thousands of people took part in 80 countries across six continents making it the biggest ever global campaign on sanitation and water and a world record-breaking event! Congratulations to all who took part! It's still not too late to add your support and join the queue online!

We have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your colourful, inspiring and diverse events. These include an amazing 30,000 campaigners across Nepal who called for the right to water and sanitation to be embedded in their national constitution and one huge queue of over 5,000 people in Burkina Faso, which drew a great deal of attention! In Kibera, the second largest slum in Africa, 600 school children formed a queue to highlight the conditions in the slum, where over 1000 people are forced to share just one toilet block. And there were many more events that combined fun and entertainment with a serious and powerful message: that 2.6 billion people should not have to wait any longer for their basic rights.

So, what next? Well, this world record-breaking event has demonstrated that you won’t stand for 4,000 children under five years old dying each day, just because they lack something so simple as a toilet. It has shown that local, national and international political leaders must put water and sanitation at the top of the global agenda where it belongs.

We are going to make sure that your voices are represented to the ministers and policy makers, who have the power to bring change, at the first High-Level Meeting on Water and Sanitation in Washington DC on 23rd April. We will be presenting a report to ministers showing the global success of the World’s Longest Toilet Queue and giving a snapshot of the hundreds of incredible events that took place. You can find a copy of this brochure at
www.endwaterpoverty.org/toiletqueuebrochure. Please have a look and let us know what you think!

We hope that the politicians at the meeting will be as inspired as we were when they read about the queues and that these events can help to end the crisis that is needlessly killing so many.

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