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Toilet Twinning

How much do you like your toilet? Perhaps you don’t care about what you clean your bottom with, or perhaps you’ve spoilt yourself with extra padded toilet paper. Maybe you’ve provided some reading material for longer visits; you might have even installed an air freshener. Whatever you prefer, most of us are lucky enough to enjoy the luxury of having our own toilet in our home.

Did you know that 844,00,000 people don’t have access to clean water? Or that less than half the population in 47 countries have access to a toilet? Imagine this in your life for a second. Can you? It’s pretty difficult to comprehend when having access to a toilet is something most of us take for granted.

Toilet Twinning are a charity determined to give everyone the opportunity to have a safe, clean toilet, and they work with communities all around the world in order to achieve this goal. Their projects help families to build a toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene measures such as hand washing.  This not only helps the family in terms of illness, it gives girls somewhere private to deal with their periods, it prevents the risk of being bitten by snakes at night, and importantly, it gives the entire family a feeling of dignity when they can use a private building instead of the bush.

Oasis Overland have supported Toilet Twinning for some years now: we’ve twinned our office toilets, some staff have their home toilet twinned, and all of our trucks are also twinned – they all carry shovels for digging your toilet! It’s such an important human right, and we believe that everyone deserves access to a clean toilet.

 

So I’ll ask again: how much do you like your toilet? It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?

#WorldToiletDay

 

 

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