A New Twist on The Throne Room!
I'm sure that I am not the only person from FSMC that has visited some pretty dire toilet facilities. Some of the worst have been badly serviced and inappropriately used in first world countries. Enough information already!
One of our church stewards, Pat Spencer, came across the organisation www.toilettwinning.org, and put it to the congregation that we could easily donate the £60.00 for a toilet to be installed half way around the world where it would be, literally, a life saver. It is not just the building of a loo, but this initial act of compassion and care, allows for the education about health and sanitation. This is what can really help to save lives.
So, in a bid to help flush away poverty in one small village, little collection boxes were placed in our church toilets. The required £60.00 was quickly raised. We now display our certificate of twinning in one of our loos.
Lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation traps people in poverty. Their health suffers and the prospect of developing economically remains far out of reach.
Here are some of the hard facts:
2.4 billion people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet (WHO / Unicef)
1 billion people don’t have access to any sanitation at all and openly defecate (WHO / Unicef)
There are 46 countries where at least half the population does not have access to proper sanitation (WHO)
663 million people lack access to clean, safe drinking water (WHO / Unicef)
Poor sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest
Every day, about 900 children under the age of five die of illnesses linked to unclean water and poor sanitation (Unicef)
Diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children under five worldwide (CHERG)
More than half of primary schools in developing countries don't have access to water and sanitation. Without toilets, girls often drop out at puberty (Unicef)
The lack of a loo makes women and girls a target for sexual assault as they go to the toilet in the open, late at night. Many get bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking to collect water. Women and girls carry two-thirds of this burden
Poor water and sanitation result in economic losses estimated at £153 billion annually in developing countries, or 1.5% of their GDP (Unicef)
For every £1 spent on a water and sanitation programme, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs (UNDP)
In 2000, 189 countries signed up to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. The sanitation target for 2015 is currently way off-target and may not be met in sub-Saharan African for another 150 years
1.5 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases (WASH)
So, where is 'our' toilet?
We have raised money for a second toilet. This one is located in Central America.