Can you and your group help us flush away poverty? Lots of like-minded people around the UK are raising funds to twin toilets at their homes, at the places where they meet, or as give-aways to schools, community spaces, businesses, local government offices (and more!) across their local community.
If your group donates to Toilet Twinning, you will be helping to break the cycle of generational poverty. Water and sanitation projects enable families to build a toilet, have access to clean water, and to learn about handwashing and other hygiene principles.
- reduce disease, so parents are healthier, able to work, and earn more
- improve safety, especially for girls, because they no longer have to go to the toilet in the open
- reduce school drop-out rates, especially for girls
- restore dignity, through families having a private, hygienic toilet at their home.
You can get started today with the help of our resources (see right), or call us to request a speaker or chat about how we can support you in a fundraising campaign. We’ll happily send you a fundraising pack if you ask us for one.
Your group could watch Bawili’s story of how her daughter was attacked in the bush because she didn’t have a toilet at home…
We work with groups of all shapes and sizes – and love that you come up with so many creative ways of fundraising!
Here are some examples of large associations that support Toilet Twinning:
Soroptimists around the UK love the way that Toilet Twinning champions women and girls – because they gain the most from having a toilet. Several groups are currently involved with Toilet Twinned Town and Toilet Twinned City challenges.
Chester Soroptimists ensured their city was crowned the first Toilet Twinned City in the UK with their ‘lonely loo’ social media campaign that involved a loo popping up at local landmarks across the city. Meanwhile, Dundee Soroptimists won their city the first Toilet Twinned City award to be presented in Scotland.
In 2017, Flyde and Bournemouth Soroptimists both chose to launch an 80 for 80 campaign to twin 80 toilets in celebration of the association’s 80thanniversary. Flyde’s efforts won them a number of coveted Toilet Twinned Community awards, through their magnificent £6,000 fundraising total!
And Dundee Soroptimists continue to fly the fundraising flag for Toilet Twinning with further campaigns.
A number of Rotary clubs are involved in fundraising challenges to raise funds for Toilet Twinning.
Lez Jones, President of Grantham Sunrise Rotary Club, says:“Toilet Twinning is one of the most worthy projects that we have supported to date.”
In 2017, Hereford City Club donated £5,000 for a schools project in Nepal – and, in 2018, District 1010 invited CEO Lorraine Kingsley to talk about Toilet Twinning at their district conference at the Bournemouth International Centre. A number of clubs have been in touch since to request a Speaker to come along to a meeting.
Past fundraising drivers have included games evenings, and a scooter rally – where people were invited to donate loose change in (clean) toilet bowls as they queued for the portable toilets!
A large number of Inner Wheel districts around the UK have done some fantastic fundraising in aid of toilets – and Burnham Inner Wheel in Buckinghamshire led the way in making their village a Toilet Twinned Village.
Eleanor Rennie, secretary of Falkirk Inner Wheel, wrote a poem about Toilet Twinning that became the winning poem to represent Great Britain and Ireland at the international conference in Melbourne in April, 2018:
“Water , water everywhere
Nor any drop to drink”
These words seem like a paradox
They make us stop and think.
We take it so for granted.
We use it without thought
But what of those less fortunate
Where water can’t be got?
None to wash your hands with
No modern sanitation.
A human right we all deserve
From nation unto nation.
Then Toilet Twinning came to mind
As something we could do
By raising funds and giving aid
To those without a loo!
So let’s remember all of those
Who live, but might have died,
Because their sanitation needs
Have now been satisfied
If we can help through what we give,
Then there will be, we feel
A long and lasting legacy
Left by The Inner Wheel.
Ask for your fundraising kit today!