November 19th: Celebrating World Toilet Day with A Worldly Collection of Toilets

Happy World Toilet Day!

World Toilet Day is a day to take action and raise awareness for those who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation.

Today is a day to do something about it.

Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.5 billion people do not have improved sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy.

Below is simply a collection of toilets that friends and family have captured from around the world. With 13 participants representing 13 countries, I believe this shows an innate interest in the toilets in our life, despite our lack of willingness to discuss them.



Aline Bennett Ghana

This was the only toilet in the village as far I could tell and belonged to a family down the road. During the rainy season, the water level would get quite high as you can see in the picture….  not the most pleasant thing in the world, but way better than no toilet! I think we brought the family yams to thank them for use of their toilet. Everyone else would use a trowel, and find a spot in the millet bushes during the rainy season. During the dry season when there aren’t many places to hide, I think they would head over to one of the baobab trees.

toilet - Ghana -Aline

Megan Firth Zanzibar Tanzania


Amanda Cox Kampala Uganda 

Kampala, Uganda

Amanda Cox Kasese Uganda 

Kasese, Uganda

Amanda Cox Accra Ghana

These are open sewers in Accra, because I see people going to the bathroom on the street (facing into the open ditches) multiple times every day.

Accra, Ghana - Bathroom Accra, Ghana - Sewar 2

Kristina Nilsson Lilongwe Malawi

This is the toilet from my house in Lilongwe.

Pink toilet


Carol Plouffe Moscow, Russia

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Carol Plouffe Pune, India

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Jonathan Allaire Hong Kong

hong kong

Katina Tam Ningbo China

From the university I stayed at in China. A squat plate! I don’t think toilet paper was available so we had to bring in our own.


Aurélie Charpentier Japan



Ashley Best France

A rest stop/restaurant in southern France, somewhere between the Spanish border and Toulouse.

Ashley Best


Amanda Cox Mexico

Cuernevaca, Mexico

Liam Fulton – Mexico

A toilet in a shower stall in Mexico near Cabo.


Nancy Sabbah Canada


Nick Espenberg Canada (Bedwell lake in Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, BC)

“So, this is possibly the best toilet I’ve ever used in the world.  My view was a mountain, waterfall and half frozen lake in front of me in the middle of no where with no one but a couple friends around.” -Nick


Veronique Beaumier-Robert – Gatineau Canada 

Toilet found in Government of Canada building



Should you wish to contribute to this initiative, it is not too late! Please just email me your toilet photo (the good, bad and ugly are all welcome) to


4 responses to “November 19th: Celebrating World Toilet Day with A Worldly Collection of Toilets

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for opening up the subject of toilets and availability, we are not often inclined to talk about the topic.


  2. I shared this with my colleagues and they thoroughly enjoyed it – especially the illustration on how to use a toilet from India!


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