Inspired by the UN Day of the Toilet on 19 November Medway Soroptimists decided to raise money to provide toilets for a school in Sierra Leone. With each member “spending a penny” in the true sense of the word we raised £240 which will not only provide latrines for an entire school but also provide clean water, basic sanitation and most importantly, hygiene education.
It seems that much of the world still do not understand the link between sanitation and health and these toilets not only save lives but provide healthier communities which gradually lift them out of poverty because the adults are well enough to work and the children are well enough to go to school. In many cases the water and the education is all that is needed to empower them to build their own latrine.
Kancha, from Nepal, has had his life turned around by this revelation and said “If I knew then what I know now, I think my children would still be alive.”
If you would like to know more about Toilet Twinning go to www.toilettwinning.org