For World Water Day, on Wednesday March 22, will you give children the chance to dream?
We make a big noise about toilets here at Toilet Twinning but we’re making a big splash about water too. Proper toilets, clean water and hygiene education are a vital combination to help children stay healthy and stay in school.
Luis from Guatemala is much healthier since we gave his family a water filter. He needs all the help he can get: his dad was murdered and he’s being raised by his mum and his granny. Their home is a bamboo shack with a mud floor. Luis’s mother works away in the city for weeks at a time. Not long ago, the family, like others in San Juan Mocá village, used to get their water from the river, where people would also bathe, wash clothes – and go to the toilet. Now, thanks to their new water filter, Luis and his family have a constant supply of fresh, safe water. They’ve built a toilet too. ‘Things are so much better now and the children don’t get ill any more,’ says Luis’s mum, Angelica.
Bridget from Uganda wants to be a nurse so she needs a good education. Not long ago, Bridget and her classmates took turns to collect water from a spring during lessons, so they fell behind in class. The old toilets were filthy and many girls dropped out of school altogether. Pupils often fell ill. Now, Bridget’s school has separate girls’ toilets and clean water on tap. ‘To achieve my goal, I need to stay healthy,’ says Bridget.
Could you twin your loo with a family latrine like Luis’s for £60 – or club together with your friends to twin with a school block like Bridget’s?
Twin for World Water Day, and give more children like Luis and Bridget a brighter future.