Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bog Standard

For a number of reasons I find myself writing an article for the July magazine at the beginning of May. Now by the time the magazine will come out, we should have a good idea when we will be returning to worship again at Wadworth church, but as I write, all i can say is that it is going very well indeed. 

One thing I am keen on  doing once we are back worshipping in Wadworth church and we have the toilet, is to twin the toilet! What you may ask is “Toilet Twinning?”

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. For £240 we can twin to a toilet block! You can twin your toilet with a bog in Burundi, a khazi in Cambodia or a lav in Liberia The exact location of the twin latrine can be pinpointed using Google maps. Each toilet twinned is awarded a Toilet Twinning certificate, with a photo of its twin latrine and exact GPS coordinates.  

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. Every minute, a child under the age of five die because of dirty water and poor sanitation. In Africa, half of young girls who drop out of school do so because they need to collect water or because the school hasn’t got a basic toilet. The lack of a loo makes women and girls vulnerable as they walk to the edge of their community to go to the toilet in the open, late at night. For every £1 spent on water and sanitation programmes, £8 is returned through reduced health costs and increased productivity. Many women get bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass. 

So how about it, we know what its like to be without a toilet in church! But at least we could go when we got home. So how about twinning our church toilet? Perhaps we could hold a raffle - first prize - you get to be the first person to sue the new toilet! another ideas - answers on a toilet role -  lets hope we are flush with success!!

Alun