Toilet Twinning provides people in the poorest communities on the planet with a decent toilet, clean water and all the information they need to stay healthy. 1 in 3 people in the world do not have access to clean water and sanitation and each minute, three children under five die as a result. Toilet twinning is the key to helping whole communities break free of the poverty trap.
Inspired by a YKids workshop at the National Justice and Peace Conference in 2014, members of St Hugh’s, Chesterfield Youth Group – The SHY Group! – decided to dedicate their time and efforts to spreading the word about this wonderful charity. To date, they have raised hundreds of pounds and twinned one pub toilet, two church toilets, local MP Toby Perkins’ toilet (with a whole school block) and recently, St Mary’s Primary School. They have sung carols, collected coins in a toilet at St Hugh’s and delivered assemblies and presentations.
This June, Chesterfield Executive Council invited them to the Town Hall and, after listening to the SHY Group’s presentation, voted unanimously to help the group make Chesterfield a toilet twinned town. The work now continues to spread the word of toilet twinning across Chesterfield.
Pope Francis says that we should be challenged by the idealism of young people. The involvement of the young people at St Hugh’s teaches us two things: firstly, that many young people are passionate about Justice and Peace and need the support of parish communities and priests to encourage their idealism to flourish and secondly, that doing small things leads to bigger things happening.
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says that we should do everything with joy. It is a real inspiration to see young people working so joyfully and generously for others.
Homes, businesses, schools, parishes – all can be toilet twinned! For more information, visit http://www.toilettwinning.org/.