Toilet imagery from across the globe fronts this year’s toilet blocks at the Parade – a two month mobile theatre event that kicks-off today in Rotterdam.

At least 350,000 people will flock to The Parade, a two-month mobile theatre event – a circus turned inside out – in Rotterdam, Utrecht, the Hague and Amsterdam over the next months. And each time a visitor goes to the toilet they’ll be encouraged to pay about 50 cents towards an Akvo water project. Last year, the toilet visitors voluntarily raised over 20,000 Euro to fund this Ceramic Filter Production project in Bafoussam, Cameroon. You can check out the latest Akvo text and picture updates from the field here.


The Cameroon team has just received hands-on training in the production of ceramic water filters from experts in Cambodia. They returned to Bafoussam, Cameroon to set-up the local factory that aims to provide at least 3,000 people sustainably with safe drinking water.

This year de Parade and Earth Water, together with your help, aim to realise safe drinking water and sanitation for three schools in Tanzania, an orphanage in Sri-Lanka and this school in North-East Thailand. Akvo’s partners will make sure that project progress will be made visible online.

Local reporter Othman Soleiman from Africa Interactive visited the school in Tanzania, one of the projects de Parade aims to support with this year’s voluntary toilet contributions.

Festival de Parade opens today. I want to thank Patrick (Earth Water), Eefje and Jesse (Parade) and Rob (avexpress) for making this happen. Some pictures I shot yesterday can be found here. Do note this yellow donation bucket that Patrick came up with, that will be replaced today.

Peter van der Linde is the partner – director of Akvo

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