Toilet Twinning is a new and unique way of supporting people for whom good, clean, safe sanitation is a luxury – not a given.

THE FACTS
Everyday, 2.6 billion people don`t have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet!
And right now, more than 50 per cent of hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people who have an illness caused by poor sanitation or dirty water.

THE SOLUTION
International charities Cord and Tearfund have linked up to bring you Toilet Twinning: a unique way to help transform lives in poor communities across the world.

So, for £60, you can twin your toilet at home, work or school with a latrine in the remote Giharo Commune of Rutana Province, Burundi.
And, if you want to know exactly where Giharo Commune can be found – you can go to Google maps and see your latrine’s location in all its glory!

THE RESULTS ALREADY
The latrines in Giharo Commune have made a massive difference to people coming home after 15 years as refugees.
On their return, the people of Gilharo discovered that everything had been destroyed in the civil war. Amid the devastation were burnt out houses, the charred ruins of schools and healthcare centres, contaminated water sources, non-existent sanitation facilities and overgrown fields without a single crop to eat or sell.

With love, support and practical action, the people of Giharo Commune have been able to get back on their feet. Hundreds of households have received help in rebuilding homes and latrines, and men, women and children have been supported with health and hygiene education.

With every toilet twinned, more people in the developing world get a chance of a better life and a peaceful future. The purpose of writing this Blog is to help spread the message far and wide – Toilet Twinning is helping to flush away poverty!

Tearfund and Cord will use the money raised to help households have their own loo, enjoy better health, go to school and work, and fund other projects to alleviate poverty around the world – not just in Burundi, but places like Bangladesh, Cambodia and the DR Congo.

Since the launch of Toilet Twinning in 2009, more than 1,600 latrines have been built in Burundi – providing safe loos for nearly 10,000 people!

WHAT YOU GET
When you twin a toilet, you receive a framed certificate of your toilet’s twin as a public declaration to all who visit your cloakroom that you think it’s out of order that 1 in 3 people in the world don’t have access to a decent loo.
The certificate contains a photo, the latrine’s location and its GPS coordinates so you can look it up on Google Maps.

HOW YOUR DONATION IS PUT TO WORK
Most of your donation will be spent on helping to bring safe, clean and hygienic sanitation to poor communities around the world.
Decent sanitation and hygiene education go hand in hand. For example, if you have somewhere safe to go to the loo, but don’t understand the importance of hand washing – or only have dirty water to wash your hands with – your latrine won’t reach its full potential to save lives.
So your gift will help build latrines, provide hygiene education and help poor communities access clean, safe water.

THE NEXT STEP
If you would like to take the next step, then please visit the Toilet Twinning website and find out exactly how you can be part of this initiative.

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