Connections: Spending a Penny on Poverty
Toilets across Marshfield have been twinned with loos in Uganda through the efforts of church members at St Mary’s.
Organisers of the annual Lenten Lunches had initially wanted to twin the church’s two new toilets with ones in the Link Diocese. Donations from those attending the lunches raised £670.
But rather than settle for two twinned toilets, St Mary’s asked other organisations and businesses in the town to let the church twin their toilets as well. As a result, 12 lavatories have now been twinned – meaning Marshfield has been awarded ‘Toilet Twinned Village’ status.
Revd Sally Wheeler, Vicar of St Mary’s and Area Dean for Chippenham, said: “We have worked with Marshfield Chapel to raise the money and awareness of this simple way to make a difference. It has helped build further connections with our Church School, the Church Hall and the Parish Council (the public loos in the High Street are now twinned!) and we look forward to other local businesses joining in as word gets around”.
Toilet Twinning is a campaign to help the 2.4 billion people who don’t have access to a safe, private and hygienic loo. It is a partnership between Tearfund and Cord to raise funds to help provide better sanitation, clean water and hygiene education.
For £60, people can twin a toilet at home, work or school with a latrine in a variety of countries overseas. Each UK toilet twinned is awarded a Toilet Twinning certifi cate, with a photo of its twin latrine and exact GPS coordinates.