North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY DAVID POW­ELL

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.

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