Staff flushed with excitement for World Toilet Day
17th November 2015
The 19 November is World Toilet Day and staff at Church House are flushed with excitement that five of the toilets in the building have been twinned with toilets in Africa and South East Asia.
Toilet Twinning is a quirky campaign to help the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t have access to a safe, private and hygienic loo. It is a partnership between development agencies Cord and Tearfund, to raise funds to help provide access to better sanitation, clean water and hygiene education.
For £60, people can twin a toilet at home, work or school with a latrine in a variety of countries overseas. Each toilet twinned is awarded a Toilet Twinning certificate, with a photo of its twin latrine and exact GPS coordinates, which you can look up on your smartphone or computer.
Poor sanitation causes more than bad smells and embarrassment; it is one of the world’s biggest killers, hitting women, children, the elderly and sick people hardest. More than 433 million school days are lost each year because of water-borne disease. It is estimated that for every £1 spent on sanitation projects in the developing world, £8 is returned to the community through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs.
Jackie Butcher, the Bishop's World Development Adviser, commented "Every minute a child dies from diseases related to unclean water and poor sanitation. Toilet Twinning is a really simple way for churches to raise awareness of the problem of global sanitation. I hope that visitors to Church House will be inspired to twin the toilets in their own churches and church halls."
You can find out all about how to twin your toilet at www.toilettwinning.org