Show your support on World Toilet Day – 19 November

This World Toilet Day, 1 in 3 women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Adequate sanitation would make 1.25 billion women’s lives safer and healthier. On 19 November WaterAid is releasing a powerful viral film showing a woman risking her dignity and safety trying to find somewhere to go to the toilet in her neighbourhood. WaterAid are asking people to watch this film and pledge their support for the 1.25 billion who live without a safe place to go the toilet.

Fountains of hope in Ghana

Ellie Tang, HSBC Water Programme Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator

In Ghana, the issues of water and sanitation have been overlooked by the government and the public. Open defecation is a traditional practice but also a cultural taboo. People avoided public discussion of this subject, and it therefore has taken a back seat on the development agenda. Coupled with river diversion over time, faeces and effluent are flushed by rainwater into slow-flowing constructed lakes, where people fetch drinking water and fish.

Mothers and daughters in Ghana

By Judy Foote Besides my job as Senior Communications Manager for the HSBC Water Programme, one of my other jobs (I have many ‘jobs’) is mother to Anna, who is 15 (going on 25). This is a blog with my ‘mother’ hat on.

Ghana blog: Commitment to children is ‘universal language’

As the Ghana trip continues, I’m increasingly aware of the fortitude of the Ghanaian people. I am also keenly aware that while I may not understand the languages, the desire for a better life for children and grandchildren is a “universal language” which needs no words.

Whether it is school children who have no running water or latrines, or a mother and father who sacrifice to send their children away for a more conducive learning environment, the people here have a great commitment for a better life.

Ghana: Water, water everywhere – but not a (safe) drop to drink

By Sabrin Rahman

As we sat, exhausted and emotionally overwhelmed, the heavens opened up and rain was thundering down around us. Ironically, we were here to witness the work of the HSBC Water Program and from what we could see, there was no shortage of water. Little did we know that water availability doesn’t always mean that such water is safe to drink.