Mission of the month

Toilet Twinning

The fact that one in three people across the world do not have somewhere safe to go to the toilet in 2017 is appalling.  Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it affects women, children, the old and sick the hardest.  Every minute a child under the age of five dies because of dirty water and poor sanitation and around half the people in the world have an illness caused by bad sanitation.

Not only is there the risk of disease but many women and girls are vulnerable to being attacked as they walk to the edge of their community to go to the toilet in the open or late at night.  Many girls drop out of school because the school either does not have a toilet, or there is not a separate toilet for boys and girls.

There is something we can do about it.  Toilet twinning is a scheme run by the charity Tear Fund: a donation of £60 can build a toilet where it is needed.  Local people are involved in the building by donating materials and building it; they are also trained in hygiene and how to look after the toilets.

Here at St Mary's we have seven toilets: some have already been twinned with donations given to build toilets in Africa and Asia.  Our aim is that we will twin all of our toilets and hopefully more beyond,

As we are coming up to Christmas you could give twinning a toilet as a gift to someone who already has one.

For more information see the board at the back of the church or www.toilettwinning.org.