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Jack Sim

1/3 of world population is still suffering from bad sanitation. "World Toilet Organization (WTO)" has push to improve sanitation by building and updating toilets. Through their use of humor, the importance of clean and safe toilets is recognized worldwide.

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There are people suffering from toilet sanitation problems. With ANA support, I can be free to work without the constraints to go when and where I am needed the most.

Jack Sim

STORY OF CHANGEMAKING

Life is short, and time is money. I like to spend rest of my life usefully and contribute to society

imageToilet is very important to our life, but people are shy to talk about it. I want to make good toilet culture for everyone both rich or poor. Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong once said, "We should measure our social graciousness against the cleanliness of our public toilets", and I realized that this is something I need to do. I decided to retire from business world. I sold my businesses, gave some away, close some and kept only one company to keep an income stream so that I can work for free for social work full-time.

I started Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) in 1998, and started talking about toilet and sanitation issues through out media. I created a humor to solve toilet problems. This generated massive media coverages on toilets issues. We need everybody to keep the agenda alive and growing until everyone have access to clean safe and enjoyable toilets everyday everywhere anytime.

World Toilet Summit made World Toilet Organization (WTO) to the next level

imageWhen I founded World Toilet Organization (WTO), we played a pun to make our name resembles that of another famed global trade body. The global media loves our humor and they help us spread the good news which legitimized the toilet agenda.

On 19 November 2001, we hosted the first "World Toilet Summit". As a small NGO, I could not afford to pay the exhibition organizer. So I help him sell exhibition booths, and he gave us a conference for free. Once the space is ready, and I needed to have key person’s attendance.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) Director understood that my passion for toilets is genuine, so he persuaded the Minister of Environment in Singapore to join the conference. At the end, we had not only Singaporean minister, but the government officials from 15 different countries. The summit took the global media by storm.

Since then, WTO and our activities have been recognized more and more. In 2013, all 193 countries of the UN General Assembly supported to adopt our founding day, the 19th of November, as UN World Toilet Day, and now World Toilet Day and WTO get about 3 billions outreach annually.

From taboo to attractive issue. Adding humor made this toilet issue sensational forever

imageIn 2005, I successfully lobbied to change the building codes for more cubicles in ladies restrooms in Singapore. This building code became the world standard so women and girls don't have to wait in long queues for the toilets.

Our official status and continuous media publicity created legitimacy for politicians to win elections by promising toilets to their people. India’s Prime Minister Modi won a landslide victory with toilet was one of the campaign promises and is now building 110 millions toilets in India.

It was a long journey that I've turned "toilets" from taboo, into humor, to media darling, to political legitimacy, to public policy, and to normal lifestyle agenda. I want to make everyone laugh about toilets and when they laugh, they listen and talk and take actions. Even Hollywood star, Matt Damon mentioned World Toilet Day for promoting his organization of water comically.

There are many agendas in the world competing for media attention. My job is keeping "toilet talk" alive and interesting so that people will forget about it. I have to continue this work hard to ensure good toilets culture and healthy, happy people.

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Portrait of Jack Sim

Jack Sim

Born in 1957 and grown up in the slum of Singapore, despite very little education, Jack achieved success through founding 16 small businesses by 40. When he lost 50% of his wealth during the recession in 90s, he started to choose measuring his life by relevance not money, and decided to contribute more to the society. Soon Jack founded Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS), and eventually started World Toilet Organization (WTO) to promote sanitation of public toilets and public health policies. He succeeded to change the building codes for public toilets in Singapore in 2005, soon this code became the world standard and created the UN World Toilet Day.

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ANA BLUE WING
2017.12.04
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Jack Sim Builds a Rainbow Jack runs a rainbow of organisations. One of them is the Rainbow School Toilet Project, which provides proper sanitation facilities to schools in rural areas. Its 10th project, at the Xi-Cun Primary School in China, is complete and the kids now run to their new toilets during every class break, and crowd around the basin to wash their hands afterwards. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
ANA BLUE WING
2017.11.18
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GGG + Forum 2017 Post forum message from Jack Sim! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
ANA BLUE WING
2017.11.17
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Japan’s Toilets are World Class The 3rd session of the “GGG + Forum 2017: To Achieve UHC & SDGs” took the form of an open debate around a case study from the most poverty stricken area in Africa, the village of Essumba. A total of 10 speakers including founder of the WTO (World Toilet Organization), Jack Sim who is supported by ANA BLUE WING and chief representative of local NGO, Edward Kachiri exchanged views and information on a wide variety of interesting topics such as vaccination, water purification, etc. LIXIL’s Tomita Kensuke explained that 1 billion of the world’s population still defecate in the open and gave an example of how the sale of 1 million simple toilets with lids had helped improve sanitation in Bangladesh. Reaching out to the most poverty stricken regions, so-called marginalized locations that lack water, food and toilets is the first step towards achieving the SDGs. Jack Sim described Japan’s toilet culture as world class. Wouldn’t it be great if Japan‘s sophisticated toilet culture and technology revolutionized sanitation across the world? Support ANA BLUE WING and help Jack rid the world of poor sanitation. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
ANA BLUE WING
2017.11.16
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Toilet is the Cheapest Medicine Founder of the WTO (World Toilet Organization), Mr. Jack Sim, was a speaker in the third session of the “GGG + Forum 2017: To Achieve UHC & SDGs”. Lovingly introduced as a world leader, and Mr. Toilet Himself, this is what he said. “We all use the toilet, about 6-8 times a day, every day. And yet there are still people who are embarrassed to talk about it. Some people can’t even use the word, referring to it as water instead. I believe that improving the world’s sanitation starts with making it easier to talk about in public by making it less of a taboo. In 1998, I set up “Restroom Association of Singapore” (RAS) which in 2001, underwent a name change to become the World Toilet Organization, “WTO” for short. I thought that injecting a little humor into the naming might help attract attention to the cause and make it easier to talk about. Indeed, following the name change, support and empathy for our work increased and in 2003, the UN declared the 19th November, the day the company was born, ‘World Toilet Day’. With far reaching benefits for health, sanitation is such an important topic: washing hands after going to the toilet prevents the spread of water borne diseases. In short, the toilet is the world’s cheapest medicine”. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING
ANA BLUE WING
2017.11.15
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GGG + Forum 2017: To Achieve the UHC & SDGs On 10th October, the Hotel Leport Kojimachi played host to the “GGG + Forum 2017: To Achieve the UHC & SDGs”, a gathering of influential figures in a roundtable discussion of issues like empowerment of women, child healthcare improvement, human welfare, poverty, infectious diseases. Organized by Results Japan, the aim of the forum is to promote global healthcare action by Japan as a country with its government, educational institutions and people all working together at local and global level to achieve the UHC (Universal Healthcare) and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). The focus of the first part of the debate was GGG, Polio, CEPI and how to achieve the “UHC and SDGs” focusing on nutrition. The debate then moved to malaria. The third part dealt with water and sanitation, toilets, children and women, and included among its speakers the Founder of the WTO (World Toilet Organization), Jack Sim, one of the Changemakers supported by ANA BLUE WING. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/jack_sim/ #jacksim #ANABLUEWING

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