We are keen to do what we can to support charities and normally our focus is on charities within the Coventry area, local to our office.
However, on hearing about the Toilet Twinning initiative we needed to find out more.
Toilet Twinning raises funds to provide proper toilets, clean water and hygiene education in some of the poorest communities in the world, often in volatile and unstable nations. This three-pronged approach helps people take a first big step out of generational poverty. Without a toilet, people are trapped in a cycle of ill-health: by contrast, having even the simplest pit latrine can transform their health, their capacity for work, their desire to learn and their entire outlook on life.
The charity’s approach is to encourage families to build their own loos, after we’ve taught them about the importance of sanitation and basic hygiene practices such as handwashing. Our local partners provide the training and materials, but generally the families themselves do the hard work, digging the pit and constructing the toilet. In this way, they have ‘ownership’ of their loo and will keep on using it. In fact, they will never want to be without one again.
You can find out more by visiting the charity’s website www.toilettwinning.org
The dilemma we had was which country we should pledge our support. The options were put to colleagues to vote on and the clear winner was Guatemala. We have twinned our toilet with a school block there.
Photo shows Tony and Jess proudly showing off our Toilet Twinning certificate from our twinned loos!