It’s one of the most important objects in any home, but you might not know it – until you have to face living without a toilet.

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.

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: a toilet.

Your gift will do something truly life-saving. It will help provide the basic tools and materials that Jérémie and Baowendsom need to build their own toilet, helping to keep their family 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 baby son Isaac.