Toilet Twinning: a great cause and an inspired gift idea
This is a charity that came onto my radar about 3 years ago when my sister told me she had twinned her toilet. I thought it was such an excellent idea and a great cause. It’s a bit like the concept of twinning a town with another one in another country, but this is even closer to home, as its your own toilet that you twin!
All you need to do is go onto their website http://www.toilettwinning.org, click on “Twin Your Toilet!” and donate/pay £60 to do exactly that with another Latrine in the developing world. You can choose which country you want your twinned toilet to come from and you get a framed certificate to display in your own bathroom back home which has a photo and co-ordinates on. They make a great talking point when visitors to your house see your certificate proudly mounted on your own toilet wall.
A Twinned Toilet makes an absolutely fantastic gift, particularly for those difficult people to buy for: the man/woman who has everything, a baby… Indeed, when we had no idea what to get our (then) 6 month old daughter for Christmas last year, I twinned her a toilet! My son twinned his even earlier at 10 weeks old. And if you give it as a gift, you get a really nice warm fuzzy feeling that you are also helping to make a difference.
If you want to twin a toilet as a Christmas present this year, make sure that you place your order before 18th December 2016 to ensure that your certificate arrives in time.
So where does your money go? I have copied this from the Toilet Twinning website by way of their explanation:
“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”.
The website and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/toilettwinning/ contain lots of wonderful stories of the fundraising and work the charity has done.
Hope you take a look, even better if you get twinning your loo. If even just one reader does this, I get an extra good feeling that I helped them again vicariously.