Do Epic Shit
"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all." — Helen Keller
What does epic mean to you? What is that you want so desperately that you would do almost anything to achieve it, but at the same time it is such a challenge that it frightens the life out of you?
Epic is a big word, and to aspire to being epic means daring to take on huge challenges. Steve Obbayi will become the first Kenyan to climb Mount Everest in spring 2014. Together with Expedition Everest founder and fellow climber Toby Storie-Pugh, they dream of the summit, fully aware of the hardships and dangers that await them, but willing to pay the price to achieve their goal.
If you change nothing, nothing will change.
They also dream of a world where everyone has a toilet or access to improved sanitation. A dream they share with the non-profit Toilet Hackers. Their grueling 60-day climb on the world’s tallest peak is one of the most epic adventures a human being can take on. They will struggle to the top of the world, all in the name of global sanitation. They will plant a Toilet Hackers flag at the summit and they will Do Epic Shit.
What is it that you dream of? Let Steve and Toby inspire you. What is the epic challenge that faces you? Are you trying to quit smoking? Are you writing a novel? Are you planning a monster kayaking trip? Go ahead and name your dream, and then get to it.
Do Epic Shit.
Do it with Steve and Toby. And do it on behalf of Toilet Hackers and the 2.5 billion people who don’t have access to proper sanitation. Of those 2.5 billion people, one child dies every 17 seconds because of poor sanitation, bad hygiene and unsafe water. Ask your friends and family to support you in your efforts and change the world at the same time. Access to improved sanitation and hygiene can save lives, create jobs and transform communities.
While the Toilet Hackers goal, “toilets for all,” is epic in size, the solutions are simple. Hand washing, education and toilets have the power to change the world. This is an epic challenge that we know how to solve and it can be done in our lifetime.
How do donations make a difference?
$12.50 = one hygiene scholarship for one student
$50 = one ventilated pit latrine for a family of seven
$1,000 = one public toilet for a school or community and hygiene training, impacting approximately 80 students or community residents
$5,000 = salary for one hygiene entrepreneur, providing access to sanitation, education and training to an entire village
$10,000 = 10 public latrines and hygiene training for 800 children (an entire school!)