Thursday, March 25, 2010

The World's Longest Toilet Queue

Sana'a, March 21- Today, 2.6 billion people, including almost one billion children, lives without basic sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation, that’s preventable deaths each year. Improved sanitation reduces cholera, worms, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition among other maladies that cause disease and death in millions of people. In Yemen only 31 percent of urban populations are linked to the public sanitation network. In rural areas only 21 percent is provided with adequate sanitation coverage.

Enough is enough! 4,000 children are dying every single day just because they don’t have access to sanitation or clean water. It's the biggest killer of children that is completely preventable. The world must unite and vote for politicians to act and stop all these preventable deaths. Hence, on Sunday, March 21st, 2010, Kuni Wa Kun stepped up to volunteer in a worldwide water awareness event. The event was held in Al-Sabe'en Park and was sponsored by GTZ and Yemen Times newspaper. Kuni Wa Kun organized a variety of games and activities to entertain the crowd while they queued. As people came and registered their names, the Kuni Wa Kun activities were taking place. The Kid's Corner provided coloring books, face painting, and story telling. The games corner was full of people playing games such as jump-rope, hopscotch, and miniature football.
Kuni Wa Kun volunteers helped in registration and distribution of food, T-shirts, and caps imprinted with the World's Longest Toilet Queue logo. Along with the activities, a DJ was playing throughout the duration of the event. The day concluded with a distribution of prizes such as mobile phones for raffle winners.

Ba9mat Shabab initiatives are preparing the boundaries between each lane of participant.

Members of Kuni Wa Kun working hand in hand with Ba9mat Shabab, sticking posters of the event.

Another picture of Kuni Wa Kun with the help of Ba9mat Shabab initiative, coloring the sign of Kids Corner.

The crowd, and yet people were still coming!!!

A member of Kuni Wa Kun along with a member of Ba9mat Shabab initiative, waiting for people to approach for signing signatures.

A member of Kuni Wa Kun, painting a kid's face.

The crowd was wonderfully cooperative.

Members of Kuni Wa Kun, busy writing participants' names.

FINALLY, after a very long day! Some of Kuni Wa Kun team got a group picture 

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