Derbyshire pupils aim to flush away poverty

Pupils at a Derbyshire school are helping to flush away poverty by taking part in a special scheme.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 3:09 pm
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 4:30 pm

Children at Eckington Camms Endowed CE Primary School have twinned seven of their loos with latrines overseas, in countries such as Honduras, Malawi and Bangladesh.

It comes after they raised money for the Toilet Twinning project, which aims to help some of the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack decent sanitation.

Tim Cocking, headteacher of the Camms Close school, said: “I am proud of the efforts of the children and humbled at their enthusiasm to help our global neighbours.

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Pupil Milly Vaughan and members of the school council with pictures of the twinned toilets.

“It is wonderful to see the pupils’ maturity in understanding the challenges faced by children overseas, living without access to a toilet; something we all take for granted.”

The children’s fundraising began in October with a sponsored Run for the Loo, and continued with collections at the school Christingle service in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Eckington.

A Toilet Twinning spokesman said: “Poor sanitation causes more than bad smells and embarrassment; it is one of the world’s biggest killers.

“By donating £60 to twin your toilet, you help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives.

"When you twin, we’ll send you a certificate to hang in your loo – showing a photograph of your overseas toilet twin and its coordinates, so you can look up the location.”