Oji Nepia has been promoting social contribution activities on the topic of poo. In 2007, the company launched the Poo Class for elementary school children in Japan, in which they think about life and health through poo, jointly with the Japan Toilet Labo. To expand this activity further in the same vein, the company launched the nepia 1,000 Toilet Program in 2008 as a project for supporting the activities of UNICEF.
It was decided that the support would be provided in East Timor, the youngest country in Asia, which is in urgent need of support. Every year, the company specifies a campaign period during which it supports the construction of toilets in households and similar activities by using a portion of the proceeds from sales of Oji Nepia products during the period. This campaign is aimed at eliminating open defecation as a cause of disease.
Website of nepia 1,000 Toilet Program(Japanese only)
Initiatives in FY2018
The support activities in East Timor under the nepia 1,000 Toilet Program are in their 11th year.
Since its launch in 2008, the program has been supported by a large number of people, with the amount of donations for each year’s campaign having exceeded the target. As of October 2018, more than 17,500 toilets have been completed in eight municipalities. According to a report received from the country, the incidence of diarrhea among children under the age of five has decreased significantly. However, East Timor needs further support because the country is still facing harsh water and sanitation conditions.
Objectives and Activities in FY2018
We aim to have 56 settlements in nine villages in Cova Lima Municipality achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) status by March 31, 2019, thereby providing a safe, hygienic living and growth environment to 500 children under the age of five and their families (at least 1,650 households). We will also create a model of an action plan for the process until the ODF declaration.
- We will enable 1,000 households to use improved toilets and hand-washing facilities.
- We will plan, practice, and supervise projects to achieve ODF status and improve the capability of maintaining this status.
- We will carry out sanitation promotion activities via community groups.
Cova Lima Municipality, the Area Where We Provide Support
|Located in the southwest of East Timor along the border with Indonesia, Cova Lima is a municipality with a population of approximately 65,000 people. The water and sanitation indicators of this municipality are lower than the national average. The rates of use of improved drinking water and improved toilets are lower than the average, while the incidence rate of diarrhea is higher. In addition, Cova Lima Municipality does not have a development partner that supports projects for improving the sanitary conditions. This has resulted in insufficient sanitation-related activities.