In 2009, Elisabeth Martin, a student from York, delivered a petition of 200 signatures on a toilet seat to 10 Downing Street to highlight the lack of progress on the Millennium Development Goal which promises to halve the number of people in the world who lack access to clean water and adequate sanitation by 2015.
Elizabeth was inspired to campaign when she worked in Uganda over the summer, leading a team who built a rainwater collection tank in a remote mountain village. Elisabeth’s team experienced life without basic amenities. She said, “For women and children, walking four hours a day to collect diseased water is normality. Girls miss school, carry phenomenal loads and are vulnerable to rape. Without basic toilets people lack dignity and safety. Talking toilets is a taboo subject but 5000 children die each day as a result of waterborne diseases.”
Watch the video to learn more about her story, and discover if our government has done anything since 2009 to halve the number of people in the world who lack access to clean water and adequate sanitation.