World Toilet Day 2019

On the occasion of World Toilet Day on 19 November, members of the German WASH Network are organising various events.

Click on a tab and learn more about Arche noVa’s, BORDA’s, Goldeimer’s, German Toilet Organization’s and Malteser International’s action!

arche noVa

Stories from the edge of the toilet bowl: arche noVa launches toilet campaign on social media for World Toilet Day

Under the slogan “Tuesdays for Toilets”, arche noVa launches a social media campaign on 19 November that every Tuesday publishes stories from the edge of the toilet bowl. It is either about people from all over the world who report on their hygiene needs or about a special regional reference is made. Of course, there will also be facts and figures on water, sanitation and hygiene, or a curious toilet story. In any case, there are plenty of reasons to take a closer look at the “dirty corner” for a while.

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OH, SHIT! Knowledge, games and fun on World Toilet Day

On 19 November 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm, BORDA organises an action and information day on the human right to sanitation in the “Market Hall 8” in Bremen and talks about the challenges of faeces recycling in extreme climate zones and remote areas. The worldwide commitment of BORDA for the supply of remote regions with decentralized climate-specific sanitation facilities will be communicated and Annette Wagner will talk about journalistic research on SDG 6 (e.g. at a faeces recycling project in the Jordanian desert region Azraq).

Mosaic Toilet Action

There is a photo quiz on toilets worldwide, readings from theme-specific children’s books, exciting short lectures, an exhibition of international toilet accessories as well as a toilet poetry competition with charming prizes. The educational approach is presented to educators and the interested public – kindergarten children and pupils are taught SDG6b with various educational modules.

Movie Screening: Mr. Toilet – The World’s #2 Man

On Tuesday, 19 November 2019, the film “Mr. Toilet” will be shown at 5 pm in the Schauburg Bremen, in which the founder of the World Toilet Organization Jack Sim will be accompanied in his work for access to sanitation for all people.

Invitation to World Toilet Day 2019 – Germany’s Premiere of Mr. Toilet (German only)

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Climbing the Sanitation Ladder

Together with BORDA as well as a school and a kindergarten, Goldeimer will hold a day of action on the topic of toilets, hand washing and SDG6 in Bremen’s Markthalle 8, where it will read from its own children’s book “Die große Geschichte vom kleinen Geschäft” (“The Great Story of the Small Business”). Camping compost toilets will also be presented as an alternative to chemical toilets as well as recycled toilet paper and educational material developed by Viva con Agua.

On St. Pauli, Hamburg, Goldeimer makes the sanitation ladder a real experience. It is intended to show which hurdles people have to overcome in order to gain access to safely managed sanitation. Have a look at some photos here. Come and climb!

Via social media, Goldeimer will collect “loofies” (toile selfies) of their followers, from which illustrators will make live cartoons.

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German Toilet Organization

“Let’s save the world together – Toilets are a human right”

As the closing event of the project in Germany “Klobalisierte Welt” (Globalized World), on 18 November 2019, the day before World Toilet Day, there is a day of action by and with Berlin school kids at which they present their concerns at first in a press conference at the Lower Saxony Representation followed by a rally on Potsdamer Platz.

The pupils are committed to fair sanitation worldwide and want to draw passers-by’ attention to the topic with provocative actions.

Press Release World Toilet Day_German Toilet Organization

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Malteser International

Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) during Crisis & Displacement


Malteser International is co-hosting with Kulika Uganda an “Innovation Forum on locally led response to crisis & development”, organized by ReflAction in Kampala, Uganda, from 19 – 21 November 2019.

The Innovation Forum aims to:

  • be a space to listen to crisis-affected people and those working with them at community level
  • bring together practitioners and initiatives that are implementing methods showing that one can work in a way that respects local agencies, supporting them and filling gaps only as needed
  • connect these initiatives with aid agencies and donors committed to apply these approaches and methods directly

As the timing coincides with World Toilet Day on November 19th, we included a session on “CLTS during crisis & displacement” to commemorate this day.

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