There is only about one toilet for 1440 people in the Dharavi slum in the Indian megacity of Mumbai.
I found myself reading and re-reading this statistic in a challenging article about the huge urban centres, like Mumbai, India, that we call ‘megacities’. My mind boggled at the thought (excuse the British English pun there)! How can it be that so many people are still having to live like this in the 21st century? Is there really no way of sharing out the world’s resources so as to provide better sanitation for those who live without? And it’s not only a megacity, nor even simply an urban, problem. It’s a similar situation in many villages and other smaller communities across the world too.
Earlier this year, I had great fun buying my husband an alternative gift from Tearfund. This gift means the rectory toilet is now twinned with a latrine in rural Nepal, a country we visited together 30 years ago on a backpacking trip during which we sometimes had to face the reality of the lack of facilities for ourselves. It’s no way to live.