In the Autumn of 2020, with the support of the Town Council and Mrs Jo Churchill MP, we started a project to twin toilets in Bury St Edmunds with new toilets being built in Malawi.
These new latrines are built by the local people under the auspices of the well-established ‘Toilet Twinning’ charity.
We have now reached the grand total of 31 twinned toilets.
Some of these are private toilets in people’s homes, but most are public toilets in different places across Bury, funded either by the venue itself or by the Rotary Club.
In addition to the 31 ‘funded’ toilets, we have taken advantage of Toilet Twinning’s 2021 Spring Matchfunding Offer and have received 10 extra Toilet Twins, which will be distributed to designated venues once Covid restrictions are lifted.
Our target number of twinned toilets in Bury is 50 - at present we have 41 – but we shall not stop there!
The need is so great in Malawi for proper sanitation that we shall continue to raise awareness by encouraging people to twin their toilets. Please help us if you can – details below.
We aim for Bury St Edmunds to become a Toilet Twinned Town.
Jo Churchill writes, “I’m absolutely delighted to lend my support to this tremendous campaign. By becoming a toilet twinned town we can help some of the poorest communities of the world in Malawi gain access to good sanitation and improve their health.”
To achieve this we need to twin a good number of toilets that are accessible to the public across the town, and in a range of places, like public toilets, schools, restaurants, clubs, pubs and businesses.
Malawi is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Our objective is to help improve hygiene and health in Malawi through the well-established charity, Toilet Twinning. This charity supplies the materials for a community or family to build its own toilet, plus education about hygiene, so ensuring their greater involvement, knowledge and commitment.
Each Toilet costs £60 - and each twinned toilet here in Bury St Edmunds will be presented with a framed certificate. As a Club we will be sponsoring the public toilets in some community and charitable venues, so there will be no cost to the Council, taxpayer or donor.
We welcome the support of organisations and individuals. Donations of any amount on behalf of the town can be made via the Toilet Twinning Charity website (toilettwinning.org). Please add the tage BSETT to ensure that your money goes to help the Bury St Edmunds funding of Toilets in Malawi, and please let us know too. Alternatively, you can phone Cara Miles at Toilet Twinning on 0300 321 3217
Our lead in BSE is Rotarian Jenny Benfield, who has the experience of successfully leading Ixworth to Toilet-Twinned Village status in 2017.
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