In Nepal, every year 600 children under five die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. This accounts for a third of all child deaths overall.
Only 48% of the population in Nepal has access to a proper toilet, helping to cause widespread disease. The majority of people do not have a latrine and have no option but to defecate in the open.
The Wild Medic Project has been working in rural and remote districts within Helambu, Nepal since 2015, and our teams have found this sanitation issue to be a running theme in these regions. With the help of a local Nepali health committee, our project works on a dynamic prioritisation list of community needs that we can direct funds towards. One of the most pressing needs lies in the small mountainous village of Thalo at the foothills of the mighty Langtang ranges. Thalo is in desperate need of a suitable community toilet block that the local population can use and maintain as a facility like this simply does not exist. Most homes in Thalo have their own “Drop toilets” within existing dwellings, however these are often nothing more than a hole in the ground nearby the family kitchen.
Women of Thalo – Credit: Shaun Webber Photography
Aligning with World toilet day on the 19th November, the Wild Medic Project is proud to announce the funding of a complete, gender separated concrete toilet block in Thalo with four operating toilets and separate hand washing basins. The works will include a solid concrete construction, water tank with all plumbing and electricity. This will go a long way towards reducing the spread of disease through poor sanitation options in the village. The $10,000 in funds for the project have been raised through your kind donations and from selfless volunteers that have driven fundraising prior to coming over. 

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

World Toilet Day – $10k donated towards new toilet block