Toilet Twinning Edgeley 2015

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undefinedAfter finding out that 2.5 billion people don't have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo (that's more than a third of the people on the planet) members of St Matthew's church, Edgeley, Stockport, decided to help. They did so by ‘twinning' the toilet at their church with one in Liberia, Africa, and they have a certificate (PICTURED) to prove it.

The parish initiative arose at the Spring Harvest festival after members of the congregation saw a display about Toilet Twinning. “We felt called by the Spirit to take action,” said Pam Robinson, parish worker.  

Toilet Twinning provides people in the poorest communities on the planet with a decent toilet, clean water and all the information they need to stay healthy. It’s the key to helping whole communities break free of the poverty trap.

The donations paid for Toilet Twinning helps lavatories and washroom in various locations in Africa and Asia. The money is used by the charity Tearfund to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education. This all works 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 the family. With better health, and more ability to earn a living, men and women discover the potential that lies within them to bring about transformation.

For £60, 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.

And the smallest room at the sponsor’s location is then given a certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin lavatory overseas and GPS coordinates so you can look up the twin on Google Maps. Those certificates can be displayed – like the one at Edgeley.

If your parish wishes to get involved visit www.toilettwinning.org and follow the link to Twin your toilet!