I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on television or seen the billboards around town for Red Nose Day. The day culminates in a big television event featuring big names in entertainment on Thursday May 26th, 2016. Even though the message is everywhere, you may still have questions about what Red Nose Day exactly is and what they’re exactly raising money for.
Here in the United States, it’s easy to forget how important adequate sanitation is to a community. The truth is, according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 2.6 billion people globally lack access to proper sanitation. If you do the math, that is around a third of the world’s population that lacks even basic sanitation services. If those numbers are shocking to you, there are things that you can do to help.
A natural disaster can hit anywhere at anytime, and it can ravage any community in a matter of minutes. Once the storm has passes, it is up to community members and outside groups to help clean up the wreckage, and help rebuild the lives of the victims. If housing and public sanitation have been severely damaged, community members may quickly realize how important things like sanitation, running water, and clean living conditions are, and how much they may have taken these things for granted in the past. There are several steps that community groups, local citizens and disaster relief organizations can do to help people feel more normal in the wake of a tragedy.
In honor of Earth Day, I think it is time to talk about the worldwide sanitation shortage that exists today. Living here in the United States it is easy to start taking our sewer and sanitation systems for granted. Almost anywhere you are, sanitary restrooms are likely available to you. Your workplace, your home, your parks all have the necessary sanitary equipment to make sure that your food and water supply remain safe. In most of the developing world this is not the case. In fact, having adequate access to restrooms and sanitary facilities is a luxury, not a requirement.
When tragedy strikes a family in a community, it is often local residents and businesses that come to their aid. Recently, On Site Companies was contacted by a local Minnesota resident Kris Young. She told us the story of her nephew, Zack Mohs, and about the night that changed their lives forever.
"Community Involvement." Companies aspire to this goal and frequently consider this an important component of their corporate mission statement. Whether donating to charities, providing sponsorship dollars or in-kind donations for local community events, "giving back" is important and valuable to all involvement. Quite frequently, however, this involvement is generic in nature. "We give to this organization," or "We contribute this sum of money to this cause."