In my personal life I have had the joy of seeing huge swathes of this planet but can think of many occasions where I faced this sight. On the street in Chennai, into a flood drain by the road in Mandalay (Burma/Myanmar), by the river in Denpasar (Bali), on beaches throughout India and many more locations. Every time I witnessed this we were in areas where people with extraordinary amounts of money are thriving whilst these people are being denied a basic right to survival through decency, hygiene and health.
World Toilet Day is here to help change that. Since the beginning of 2018, the IWSA has been supporting the charity Toilet Twinning, whose aim it is to “flush way poverty, one toilet at a time”. The charity has come up with a novel way to raise funds and also highlight its work by encouraging people to twin their loo with one in the communities they work with. Their projects focus on working with poor communities in developing countries, giving families access to clean water and educating them on the importance of good hygiene.
Let’s use this opportunity to take a moment and reflect on something we all take for granted and with Christmas just around the corner, maybe you could consider twinning a toilet or two? For more information, visit https://www.toilettwinning.org/ to make a difference.