This year help Sports Outreach raise $12,000 to serve the Koro school staff members, volunteers, and the 120 preschoolers with an on-site latrine. Your gift will allow us to build a 6-stall bathroom equipped with functioning septic and hand-washing stations.
Proper sanitation plays a key role in preventing transmitted human waste-related diseases. According to the World Health Organization, “The proper management of excreta acts as the primary barrier to prevent the spread of pathogens in the environment. It, thus, directly impacts disease transmission through person-to-person contact, water, and the food chain.”
For those who have visited the school at Koro, you personally know that the closest restroom is some 200 yards from the school property (see images below) and is quite a distance for a small person to travel. This journey can be scary for a preschooler and the time required to walk there and back takes away valuable educational opportunities.
Sanitation FAST FACTS
>> Since 1990, the number of people gaining access to improved sanitation has risen from 54% to 68%
>> 2.3 billion people still do not have toilets or improved latrines.
>> Of those without toilets or latrines, 892 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water.
>> It is thought that at least 10% of the world’s population consumes food irrigated by wastewater.
>> Poor sanitation is linked to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio.
>> Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 280,000 diarrheal deaths annually and is a major factor in several neglected tropical diseases, including intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, and trachoma.
*World Health Organization Statistics
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