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Sulemanna is a local hero in his community. He lives in Dohai-Yepala, northern Ghana, where he received training from WaterAid's local partner in how to build low-cost toilets.

Since then, he's built more than 30 toilets free of charge, and is determined to see every family in the area get their own toilet.

"Now anybody who needs a toilet is really thankful as I know how to build them," he tell us. "After the training I received, I am a champion in the community."

Sulemanna Alhassan next to a toilet he built in Dohai-Yepala, Ghana. Sulemanna stands next to a toilet he built in Dohai-Yepala, Ghana.

Sulemanna is such a firm supporter of safe water, taps and toilets that he's become chairman of the local WASH Committee.

He hopes that, as a result of better access, his children and others like them won't have to go to the toilet in a bush full of dangerous reptiles any more.

"Improving sanitation in the community is the important thing. I really enjoy doing it," he says. "Without toilets people will go in the open. Once you do that it affects our water and food, and leads to unsanitary conditions in the community."

Reaching over a million people

Working with local partners and governments, we're mobilising individuals and communities across six countries in South Asia and West Africa to build toilets as part of the HSBC Water Programme.

When combined with access to safe water and good hygiene, something as simple as a toilet can reduce the spread of common diseases such as diarrhoea – the second biggest killer of children under the age of five.

In the fourth year of our five-year partnership, we're on track to meet our global target of reaching 1.1 million people with safe water and 1.9 million people with sanitation by 2017.

Read more about the HSBC Water Programme >