To bring the world’s attention to the global WASH crisis, IFA organizes an annual concert tagged “The Music For Toilets” to commemorate the world toilet day marked on November 20th.
The Music for Toilet is a WASH project that is implemented by IFA through crowd funding efforts. It is a unique blend of advocacy and music as a tool for social change. IFA came up with this initiative to create more awareness on the need for healthy sanitary spaces in our schools, and to raise funds to provide Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities to schools serving children with disabilities. Crowd funding and proceeds from sales of tickets are used to provide flush toilets and boreholes for efficient use of the toilets, and providing safe drinking water serving CWDs which is in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 of the United Nations Assembly. The music for toilet also discourage long distance walk by children with disabilities to fetch water from streams or distant water sources from their school which makes them vulnerable to snake bites, rape, and other ills.
The first Music for Toilet was conducted in Jos, Plateau state in 2014. The campaign organized a Mass Choir of children with disabilities who performed alongside popular Nigerian acts (Musicians and actors). Proceeds from the Music concert provided 20 flush toilets for schools serving children with disabilities in Plateau state. The ministry of water resources also provided 4 Solar powered boreholes that supplies water to these toilets to help CWDs use facilities hygienically.
The project has been implemented over the years in Plateau state Nigeria. So far,
- The project has provided about 4 solar powered boreholes serving over 8,000 people in the school and communities around.
- We have also provided toilet facilities in 4 different schools restoring the dignity of over 200 girls with disabilities (GWDs) during their menstrual cycles in these schools.