On a mission to help
Did you know that 2.5 billion people don't have a loo? Around a third of the world’s population are forced to use fields, streams, rivers, roadsides or disease-ridden buckets.
Local Pilates teacher Julia Willmott is on a mission to change this, with the aim of twinning 100 toilets in Petersfield with those in poorer overseas communities.
She explained: “I first became aware of this issue when I saw a toilet twinning certificate in Sheet Village Hall, where I teach Pilates classes. At first I thought it was a bit of a joke, but when I read about it I was really shocked by the facts.
“Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
“The lack of a loo in poorer communities makes young girls and women vulnerable to sexual assault as they walk to the isolated fields on the edge of their villages to go to the toilet at night.
“Imagine not being able to go to the loo - one of our basic human rights - without the fear of being attacked.”
Julia is asking local businesses, community centres and work places to twin their toilet to a household latrine in an impoverished community, for just a £60 donation.
In return, you will receive a personalised certificate to hang in your loo, complete with a colour photo of its twin and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin on Google Maps.
If you or your workplace would like to take part, you can make your £60 donation online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JuliaWillmott
Email Julia at email@example.com with your name and address so she can arrange for your certificate to be sent to you from the charity.
Toilet twinning is part of Tearfund , which works to help people living in poorer communities have a basic toilet in a safe place, clean water and to learn about hygiene.
To learn more about the charity and how your money will help, visit www.toilettwinning.org