World Portable Sanitation Day

Celebrate World Portable Sanitation Day (WPSD)!

Each year the PSAI joins with the United Nations and the World Toilet Organization to recognize the important role adequate loos play in ensuring health, promoting safety and protecting the environment each year on November 19th.

August 15, 2014 marked the inaugural celebration of WPSD, and kicked off an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and promote change by engaging people all over the world in expanding access to sustainable sanitation. Over time, it is the goal of WPSD to transform their interest and ingenuity into local solutions that prevent the spread of disease, save water, and improve the quality of life. While the date has since been moved from August 15 to November 19 to align with World Toilet Day, the overarching goal has remained the same.

2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.5 billion people globally – about a third of the world’s population – lack access to adequate sanitation. Of them, 946 million defecate in the open.* Additionally, between 2003 and 2012, an average of 216 million people were affected annually by natural disasters,** often resulting in compromised sanitation for individuals and communities.

2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.5 billion people globally – about a third of the world’s population – lack access to adequate sanitation. Of them, 946 million defecate in the open.* Additionally, between 2003 and 2012, an average of 216 million people were affected annually by natural disasters,** often resulting in compromised sanitation for individuals and communities.

How we help

The PSAI engages in work with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and experts around the world to help develop standards for toilets, sanitation and the treatment of waste water.

We also work with portable sanitation providers around the world to assist them in bringing options to their communities and helping to raise sanitation standards.

Since 2016 the PSAI has directed proceeds of its charitable WPSD efforts to Friends of Ngong Road (FONR), a nonprofit founded to assist young Kenyans whose families have been ravaged by AIDS. In 2015, FONR began offering portable sanitation services in greater Nairobi. The effort had as its goals:

  • To provide ongoing revenue for the mission of FONR
  • To provide practical work experience for graduates of FONR programs
  • To be part of the solution to sanitation issues that are endemic to Kenya

Beginning in 2018 we have also supported a US-based charity annually that is located in the city of our annual Urgent Run.

 Click here to learn more about the Friends of Ngong Road and Karibu Loo.

About the Logo

The World Portable Sanitation Day (WPSD) logo symbolizes the vital relationships between people, the environment and portable sanitation joining a human face, a portable restroom and the colors blue, green and white.

  • The face represents humanity, all of whom can benefit from adequate sanitation.
  • The portable restroom symbolizes dignity and safety, two primary needs of every person.
  • The colors blue, green and white represent a clean, healthy environment that is the result of the proper sanitary conditions and also symbolize a connection to the PSA), an organization dedicated to preservation and protection of human health.

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