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.
The nepia 1,000 Toilet Program continues to support people in East Timor.
Since it was launched in 2008, many people have expressed their support for the initiative. Every year, proceeds received during the campaign period exceed the target amount. As of September 2020, a plan to construct over 23,000 toilets in 408 settlements across 61 villages is being proposed. One local report mentioned that the number of diarrhea cases under five years of age had decreased significantly, indicating the positive outcome achieved by the program.
We will make 10 villages across Baucau Municipality open-defecation free by March 31, 2021, to provide 13,450 people from 2,075 households with a safe, hygienic way of life and environment for growth. An activity model leading up to the open-defecation free declaration will be created.
Baucau Municipality, East Timor boasts the third highest population following Dili and Ermera. The 123,203 residents in Baucau Municipality live in 286 settlements across 59 villages located in six different counties. Out of 22,976 households, 4,127 are families with female householders and 38.4％ of the households have access to improved toilets. However, 14,153 people still lack access to toilets.