More than half of the schools in Liberia have no water supply at all and 43% do not have basic toilets. For those that do, the average use is one toilet for over 100 pupils.
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One person in three in the world lives in poverty.
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A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), is proving pee can generate electricity. The prototype urinal is the result of a partnership between researchers at UWE Bristol and Oxfam. It is hoped the pee-power technology will light cubicles in refugee camps, which are often dark and dangerous places particularly for women.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and international agency Oxfam today called on donors and others to join forces to support the government’s $60m appeal to upgrade Liberian schools with water and sanitation facilities as thousands of children across the country return to school for the first time in six months.
So there are now 1,826 global billionaires with a combined wealth of $7.05 trillion. This beats last year’s amount by $650 billion, but is this good news?