Flushing Away Poverty
Published on 25 May 2016
Dundee shoppers are helping flush away poverty across the world.
Following a collection within Wellgate, Soroptimist International Dundee have raised £110, almost enough for two toilets to be twinned and helping in their attempt to make Dundee the first toilet-twinned city north of the border.
‘Toilet Twinning’ provides some of the poorest communities with a decent toilet, clean water and valuable health information. For just £60, members of the public and any organisations can twin their toilet with a latrine half way around the world, in one of 14 countries of their choosing. For £240, they can twin with a school block which is exceptionally important given that, in Africa, almost 50% of girls drop out of school due to not having a toilet, preventing them from progressing with their education and reaching their potential. Children are healthier and able to go to school, and parents are well enough to work their land and grow enough food to feed their family.
In return, donors become the proud owner of a personalised certificate, complete with a colour photo of its twin and GPS coordinates to allow them to look up their twin on Google Maps. The Wellgate toilet will be twinned with one in Cambodia, with the certificate going on display within the centre’s toilet block.
Following the Wellgate success, members of the public, local businesses, shops, restaurants and charities are now being urged two twin their toilet too.
Elaine Ferrie, Programme Action Officer, Soroptimist International Dundee explained, “Having a toilet is something we all take for granted. It’s almost unthinkable to consider not having one. We are extremely grateful to Wellgate shoppers who have expressed their generosity by donating to this valuable campaign which will make a huge difference to some of the poorest people across the world. We would urge members of the public and any businesses to get in touch to twin their toilets”
Dundee’s Lord Provost and SNP Members of Parliament Joe Fitzpatrick, Stewart Hosie and Chris Law have also recently twinned their office toilets.