Gospel for Asia Spotlights Life-Changing Provision of Basic Facilities on World Toilet Day
Global focus brings attention to Gospel for Asia’s efforts to improve health and well-being by helping provide simple essentials, sanitation facilities
WILLS POINT, Texas — Ribbon-cutting ceremonies typically mark the opening of a grand new building, but in Asia they can even celebrate a more modest, but life-changing construction — of a simple outhouse.
The enthusiastically attended formal dedications follow the provision of desperately needed sanitation facilities, often available for use by multiple families, by GFA-supported (Gospel for Asia) workers helping improve the health and quality of life of those in low-income, rural communities.
As they are year-round, teams will be engaged in the construction of these outdoor toilets on World Toilet Day (Nov. 19), whose “When Nature Calls” theme spotlights the huge cost of inadequate sanitation. Providing everyone with basic sanitation by 2030 is one of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
Currently, millions risk sickness and death from disease because they do not have access to a toilet, while women and girls are in danger of assault when forced to find a remote spot in the open to use as a bathroom. Some girls stay home from school because a lack of facilities exposes them to danger.
Toilet construction has been part of GFA’s caring work for years, providing such basic essentials as a demonstration of God’s love and care for those on the margins of society. Last year, teams provided almost 6,500 toilets to communities across Asia.
Along with installing toilets, Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported workers also drill community wells and distribute water filters, and teach good hygiene practices. That includes promoting the “Swachh Bharat” open-defecation-free campaign — discouraging people from relieving themselves in the open — launched by the Indian government.
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