Ev­ery wee bit helps

Pupils do their bit forToi­letTwin­ning

Rutherglen Reformer - - General Election - Jonathan Ged­des

They are on dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents and sep­a­rated by thou­sands of miles - but a group of Calder­wood Pri­mary pupils have helped poverty-stricken coun­tries in Africa and Asia.

En­ter­pris­ing young­sters at the Ruther­glen school were hor­ri­fied when they learned about some of the ef­fects of global poverty last year.

They de­cided to do what they could to help, and ended up work­ing with the Toi­let Twin­ing charity to give peo­ple ac­cess to a toi­let and to clean wa­ter.

Calder­wood teacher Ca­tri­ona Za­b­iega said: “We’ve all got lead­er­ship groups that we are in­volved in, and I’ve been in­volved with the Glo­be­trot­ters group at the school.

“Last year we were look­ing at chil­drens’s rights across the world and the chil­dren found out a huge amount of peo­ple in the world have no ac­cess to clean wa­ter or san­i­ta­tion.

“They wanted to do some­thing to help, so we looked around and came across the Toi­let Twin­ning charity.

“The chil­dren wanted to fundraise for that charity, and started think­ing what they could do.

“At the Christ­mas con­cert they were hav­ing a bucket col­lec­tion, and set up a stall where they were ex­plain­ing ev­ery­thing about the charity.

“They then went to Cre­ate Bath­rooms in Ruther­glen and asked if they could do­nate a toi­let to the school,which they were happy to help with as they are al­ready been in­volved in the Toi­let Twin­ning project.

“The chil­dren then had a com­pe­ti­tion try­ing to guess the name of the toi­let, which was called Happy Lavvy.”

The school’s fundrais­ing earned £489.19, a sum that will go to­wards a school block in Sierra Leone and four separate toi­lets in Pak­istan, Cam­bo­dia, Afghanistan and Nepal .

The chil­dren now have cer­tifi­cates show­ing each of the blocks they have funded - ex­cept for the Afghanistan block, which they could not be shown be­cause of the on­go­ing se­cu­rity is­sues in the coun­try.

Ca­tri­ona added: “The chil­dren have been so in­volved and so en­thu­si­as­tic, whether it was with the fund rais­ing or de­sign­ing posters or any­thing to do with it.

“They like that there is a spread of coun­tries that they are help­ing.

“It has also helped them to learn a bit more about the world , be­cause they were re­ally shocked to learn that many peo­ple don’t have ac­cess to clean wa­ter.

“It’s been a great project for them, it’s about mak­ing them global ci­ti­zens and mak­ing them re­alise what else is go­ing on in the world.’

Visit www.toi­let­twin­ning.org for more in­for­ma­tion on their work.

KindCalder­wood pri­mary pupils with toi­let for charity col­lec­tion

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