Our chosen charity: Toilet Twinning
It is frightening that 1 in 3 people across the world — some 2.4 billion don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet. Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest. Every minute, a child under the age of five dies because of dirty water and poor sanitation and around half the people in the world have an illness caused by bad sanitation. In Africa, half of young girls who drop out of school do so because they need to collect water — often from many miles away.
The charity Toilet Twinning (external link) raises funds to enable people living in poor communities to have clean water, a basic toilet and to learn about hygiene -a vital combination that helps end generational poverty. Providing people with clean water and basic sanitation is one of the most cost-effective ways to release people from poverty: for every £1 spent on water and sanitation, more than £5 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs.
The Charity strongly believes that the best way to bring transformation in poor communities is to work with them, rather than doing things for them -in that way they encourage dignity and self-respect. The people in these communities decide on the design and materials to be used in latrine building-this means they are both appropriate and affordable. People then build their own latrine, and this means they are much more likely to continue to use it, and maintain it – ensuring the project is sustainable. Before building starts, there’s hygiene education on practices such as handwashing. This is key to behaviour change in the long term.
During 2018 we are going to donate £2 from each booking we take to this very worthy cause. For each £60 we donate we will be able to twin one of the cottage toilets with one that has been built overseas and that cottage will become the proud owner of a certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin. The intention will be to twin all 4 cottages in time.