In the hardest to reach parts of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, we’re using toilets to help save lives. Now you can be part of a project that’s already transforming futures.

It’s a hot day in a quiet, dusty part of Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou where Jérémie and his wife, Baowendsom, live with their baby son Isaac.

“There’s something we have to do that we are not proud of,” he admits. “We don’t go far to defecate, we just do it nearby. It’s unpleasant, but we have to.”

Like one in three people around the world, Jérémie and his family don’t have access to a decent toilet.

They have to go on the ground outside their house, leaving them feeling embarrassed and Baowendsom vulnerable to attack.

Not only that, but without a toilet to get rid of human waste safely, bacteria can easily be carried into the home.

That makes everyone, especially baby Isaac, vulnerable to diseases like diarrhoea and cholera, which kill 4,975 children under five in Burkina Faso each year.

But there is one simple and powerful solution to these problems – and you can be a part of it.

Give a gift today and your support can enable families like Jérémie’s to build their own ventilated pit latrines helping to keep them safe for years to come.

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Baowendsom and her son, Isaac outside their home in Zongo, an informal settlement in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou
“Having our own toilet would mean having a cleaner environment and a safer life.” Baowendsom with son baby Isaac.