Did you know that each day nearly 1 thousand children under five die of illnesses linked to dirty water and bad sanitation? That 1 billion people have no access to any sanitation at all?
Toilet Twinning is a charity that was set up to combat this huge problem by raising the money to build toilets.
In their words: “For just a £60 donation, you can twin your loo with a latrine halfway around the world, in a country of your choosing. For a £240 donation, you can twin with a school block or toilets in a displacement camp. Your smallest room becomes the proud owner of a certificate, complete with a photo and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin on Google Maps.”
We met with their Specialist Relationship Manager, Lesley Quirk, in The Living Room Café at Newport on The Isle of Wight, to discuss a possible joint project. We were surprised that she had a miniature toilet with her. It turned out to a collecting box she’d brought for the café. Can’t say much about the project yet but it looks as if there’s fertile ground for future collaboration!
The Living Room is a Christian community café in the heart of Newport. Their mission is to provide a place to relax, chat with friends, and have good coffee. It looks like they are succeeding. Manager Charlie and her staff, who have already twinned their toilet, were instrumental in bringing us together.
Lesley Quirk (left) with Charlie from The Living Room National Poo Museum