A Bristol bathroom and plumbing company is joining forces with charity Toilet Twinning to mark World Toilet Day on Sunday 19 November, and help provide toilets in poor communities abroad.
Threesixty Services have 'twinned' their own toilet in their showroom on Zetland Road with a latrine overseas through the charity and will now be encouraging customers to do the same in their new bathrooms.
By donating £60 to twin their toilet, Threesixty customers will be helping those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. In return, customers will receive a certificate of their toilet's twin, containing a photo, the latrine's location and its GPS coordinates, to proudly display in their new bathroom. Those who donate to the initiative will be able to choose a country to twin their toilet with.
Threesixty will also be inspiring customers who have received plumbing services, to make a donation towards twinning a toilet, through its match funding scheme. They aim to raise enough in partnership with their customers to provide 12 new toilets in the coming year.
Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley said: "A loo of even the most basic design can literally save lives in the poor communities where we work. So, we are extremely grateful to Threesixty Services for their support in helping us help communities which lack even the most basic services that we tend to take for granted."
Eden Warren, Operations Director at Threesixty, said: "We are thrilled to be working with Toilet Twinning and contribute to such a worthwhile cause. Having just twinned our showroom’s toilet with a latrine in Lupaya in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we now want to help spread the word to others in Bristol.
"As World Toilet Day highlights, many people overseas don’t have access to decent, healthy sanitation - something that many of us here take for granted. Our aim, going forward, is to work with our customers, to provide this basic but critical facility, to as many communities as possible."
World Toilet Day is an United Nations initiative to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 2.3 billion people do not have somewhere safe to go the toilet. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty.