Toilet Twinning will be celebrating World Toilet Day on 19 November, having achieved 10,000 twinnings. And part that success is down to students at Loreto College, Manchester, who fundraised to twin no fewer than 37 toilets - more than any other school in the UK so far.
The money raised through Toilet Twinning is used by charities Cord and Tearfund to improve access to clean water and safe sanitation, and to promote hygiene in some of the world’s poorest countries. Toilet Twinning general manager Lorraine Kingsley said: "We are thrilled that more than 10,000 churches, church groups and individuals have been inspired by the Toilet Twinning idea since its beginning in 2009. Their generous support enables us to help some of the 2.6 billion people worldwide without access to a decent loo."
Loreto College student Kayde McKenzie commented: "You’re at your most vulnerable when you need the toilet! We really wanted to help flush away poverty and sanitation-related problems."
The students’ fundraising efforts took place over the last academic year, and included a sponsored silence, henna hand painting, cake sales and sponsored beard shaving. They raised a stunning £2,220 to twin their school loos.
Helen Gettings, a senior tutor at Loreto, said: "The Toilet Twinning material highlighted, in an educational and entertaining way, the link between poverty, sanitation and health."
Water and sanitation projects are one of the most cost-effective ways to release people from poverty: for every £1 spent in this way, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs.
Toilet Twinning is a partnership between development agencies Cord and Tearfund to raise funds for poverty alleviation around the world, including improving water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest countries.
For £60 people can twin a toilet at home, work or school with a latrine in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh or Cambodia. The exact location of the twin latrine can be pinpointed using Google maps.
More than 433 million school days are lost each year because of water-borne disease. Every 20 seconds a child dies from diarrhoeal diseases and 60 percent of all rural diseases are caused by poor hygiene and sanitation.
For more information see: www.toilettwinning.org