It is exactly a year ago since I twinned our toilet! This is what I wrote last year about it:
I hope you weren’t put off by the title of this post; in fact it is a very serious thing – having safe and secure sanitation. We are so fortunate we are completely able to take for granted that not only in our homes, but pretty much anywhere else we go we can find toilet facilities which are clean, secure, private and safe. In many parts of the world this is not so, and particularly for women it is a daily worry and problem.
I donated to a charity called Toilet Twinning, which is just that – you twin your toilet with a new one somewhere to help people have the dignity of proper sanitation.
Here is what the charity says:
Twin your loo and flush away poverty!
2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet.
By donating £60 to twin your toilet, you help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.
Your smallest room becomes the proud owner of a certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin on Google Maps.
Toilet Twinning funds the work of international relief and development agency Tearfund. Your donation will be used to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education. This vital combination works together to prevent the spread of disease. Children are healthier, and able to go to school; parents are well enough to work their land and grow enough food to feed their family. With better health, and more ability to earn a living, men and women discover the potential that lies within them to bring transformation.
Family by family, community by community, nation by nation, we are flushing away poverty.
My toilet is twinned with a latrine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a place called Rutshuru