Julius Gives Back
Julius donates 50% of our profits to help provide safe access to sanitation facilities and clean water to those in need.
When Julius founder, Michelle, decided to start bringing a UV sanitiser to Australia for her friends and family she wanted the business to be able to give back. While it is important for us to keep healthy and make sure the things we carry every day are germ free, billions of people worldwide don’t have access to basic sanitation, including access to toilets and latrines and clean drinking water.
And that is just not ok!
Julius donates to amazing non-profit organisations on the front line, providing sanitation and water to developing countries.
We are just getting started!
Billions of people do not have a decent toilet of their own.
UNICEF have reported that nearly one billion people are left to defecate in the open. They don’t have anywhere private to manage their bodily functions with dignity and have an increased risk of disease.
It is a first world problem to worry about what illness we might get from our mobile phone and other everyday objects. Imagine if we had to worry about what illness we might get when we go to the toiletor have a drink of water!
Water and sanitation are a fundamental human right, and while everyone deserves access to proper sanitation and to be healthy, girls and women in particular are also exposed to the issue of safety and equal participation in society.
Providing safe access to a toilet
For those more vulnerable, there is no guarantee that a toilet is easy to get to, clean, private or even safe. Access at night might be dangerous if the toilet is a distance from the house. Women and girls are more vulnerable to attacks and violence or harsh weather like monsoons or snowfall.
Imagine managing your monthly menstruation or needing to go to the bathroom more often if you have an illness or upset stomach when the bathroom isn’t regularly cleaned or able to be locked.
Women who are pregnant might need to urinate more regularly and require frequent visits to a bathroom that may not be close by, clean, or safe.
Keeping women and girls in the education system
Equal participation in schools starts to suffer. When sanitation in schools is poor many women and girls choose to stop attending classes.
Governments may not prioritise building toilet facilities if budgets are tight and schools struggle to keep toilets clean or to make repairs and cannot keep up with ongoing costs for toilet paper and soap.
Inadequate water and sanitation facilities prevent female students and teachers from maintaining proper hygiene and privacy during their monthly menstruation. Many skip class or do not attend school at this time of the month. Toilets may not have locks or even doors and girls may feel unsafe or be harassed by boys, they are often unclean. Water may not be available to wash up after, or if it is available it might be a distance away from the stall, making it impossible to clean up privately. There is often nowhere to clean or dispose of sanitary products if they have them.
What can we do to help?
Unfortunately it is not as easy as just building more toilets. The local communities must be able to maintain them and they must actually want to use them. They must be suitable to the culture, accessible 24/7 and gender appropriate. Community members including women and girls must be consulted on the design and location of bathrooms to make sure that they meet their needs.