Youth groups are doing some amazing things to fight the injustice of poverty: toilet parties, Soggy Bottoms bake sales, sleep outs, sponsored runs, sponsored kayaks, or challenges such as pushing a bath around the community!
By getting involved with Toilet Twinning, your group can help people in the world’s poorest countries to have clean water, a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene: a vital combination that saves lives every day. When people have a toilet, they are safer, they are healthier, and they are able to go to school and get an education.
Fourteen-year-old Katy gave up Christmas presents in order to raise funds for Toilet Twinning. This summer, she travelled to Zambia to see how her giving has transformed life for a family living in poverty. Monica told Katy that she was often sick, before her family built a toilet, and she would feel ashamed as she squatted in the bush. ‘I could be sick for up to two weeks in a month, and sometimes, the diarrhoea was so bad that my family had to borrow an ox cart to take me to hospital. They had to sell some of our chickens to pay for medicines.’
Mira from Nepal missed a whole month of school when she fell sick with typhoid, because her family’s old latrine was contaminating their water supply. When Toilet Twinning’s local partner taught them how to build a proper toilet, the family invited all their neighbours to try it out.
World Toilet Day
For World Toilet Day on 19 November, we have the support of celebrity bakers Martha Collison (of Great British Bake Off fame) and The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer. You could try out their recipes, or follow in the footsteps of other Twinners who have whipped up toilet-themed creations such as: Lemon widdle cake, poo emoji cupcakes, chocolate log, swiss (loo) roll, bog-shaped biscuits or cupcakes with the Toilet Twinning logo on them…
If you put on a (No) Soggy Bottoms bake sale for World Toilet Day, you could also offer:
- Guess-the-weight of the toilet cake contest
- Chicken poo bingo!
- Build-a-bog championship!
Soggy Bottoms bake sale
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Make a Stand
St Devenick’s young people
Young people at St Devenick’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen took on a sponsored bike ride, a movie night and an outdoor sleepover under cardboard boxes, and invited along a few friends. They far-exceeded their target, raising £840 – enough to twin 14 household latrines.