Re-blogging this to celebrate World Toilet Day!
So, it dawned on me this week (don’t ask when, where or why) that everyone in our house has a loo to themselves. We can all ‘go’ all the time should we so desire or need to. My childhood memories of willing another family member to hurry up as I hopped from foot to foot with increasing anxiety is something my daughter will never experience. And maybe that is a good thing.
It also made me start thinking that while an increasing number of bathrooms is the norm for lots of people in the UK, for many people around the world the ‘norm’ is a lot more devastating than just having to wait your turn. In fact 2.6 billion people don’t have somewhere safe & hygienic to go to the loo at all. And that fact contributes to another fact- that every day 5000 children die needlessly of diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water.
The result: One of our toilets now has a twin!
Our twin toilet is a latrine in a village in Cambodia where it will help keep a community healthy and clean. It is one small step towards flushing away poverty in that village. A shiny certificate with a picture is on its way to us which will hang proudly in our loo and remind us to pray for our other latrine every time we are about our business.
Maybe as we rush into the consumer-fest of Christmas you might think of giving a comfort break to another family