I am so pleased to be partnering with the Flush for Good campaign. This important campaign is designed to increase awareness of the global water sanitation crisis and to stimulate action that protects the health of all people through well-engineered plumbing solutions. In the US, we tend to take our access to clean, running water for granted. Across the world, over 1.5 billion people are living without access to sanitary water or a proper toilet. American Standard saw this as a problem and created the Flush for Good campaign to try to help.
Having traveled all over the world, my husband and I have seen the deplorable water conditions so many people live with. You really haven’t lived until you’ve used a public toilet in rural India. And you think the bathrooms at the rest stop on the turnpike are disgusting? I remember the Ganges River in India – telling the kids not to go in, because you could see how awful the water was. The Ganges was ranked among the five most polluted rivers of the world, with astounding amounts of sewage and industrial waste. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that many poorer people rely on the river on a daily basis for bathing, washing, and cooking. And we were at the top of the river, so it wasn’t even as bad!
I will never forget this picture my husband took in Haiti. I had to crop it, because the little boy was not dressed, but this a a boy, playing is a river filled with raw sewage in Haiti.
He lived in a tent city, atop a hillside outside Port-au-Prince. His family lost everything in the earthquake. This water – THIS water – was their source of water for drinking, washing and cooking.
This should not be. We can fix this.
EVERY DAY 2,000 CHILDREN DIE FROM LACK OF PROPER SANITATION. For every Champion toilet purchased, American Standard will donate one sanitary toilet pan for a developing country. You can also help on Facebook, with a sanitary toilet pan being donated for every 100 likes and shares. These sanitary pans create a barrier that prevents cross-contamination between open latrines and the people that use them.
I am so supportive of this campaign. I love that American Standard has latched on to a cause that is related to their products and is doing what they can – not just to donate money – but to EDUCATE people about this important issue.
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