A COLWYN Bay toilet has been twinned with a loo in Bangladesh. The pairing is part of a charity drive to try to improve sanitation in developing countries.
The Reverend Rob Beamish, of Prince’s Drive Baptist Church in Colwyn Bay, has joined a charity scheme to promote hygiene around the world.
Under the Tearfund toilet twinning scheme, for just £60, you can twin your loo with a latrine halfway around the world, in a country of your choosing.
Tearfund then pays for clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education to prevent disease. Participants get a certificate, a photo of the twin and GPS coordinates to look it up on Google Maps.
He said: “This is a scheme where you can twin your toilet wherever it might be with a toilet somewhere else around the world. The project is all about improving sanitation and fresh water in some of the most remote parts of the world.”
Mr Beamish, standing at a church toilet twinned with a loo in Ashkar in Bangladesh, added: ”We take it for granted how privileged we are. It’s about helping people less fortunate than ourselves.”
So far, Tearfund’s project has twinned 35,000 toilets in 41 countries.
Working on an average household size of six people, the programme has helped 210,000 people to have clean water, build latrines and attend health and hygiene education programmes. More than 1,400 children under five die every day due to unclean water and poor sanitation and nearly one in five child deaths each year is due to diarrhoea.
One in 11 children in sub-Saharan Africa doesn’t make their fifth birthday, and some 2.5 billion people – more than a third of the world’s population – don’t have somewhere hygienic to go to the loo.