Green Mary News: School of Geography helps flush away poverty

In support of World Water Day (22nd March), the School of Geography organised a fund-raising week for

2.5 billion people don’t have a loo. Around a third of the world’s population have to use fields, streams, rivers, railway lines, canal banks, roadsides, plastic bags, or squalid, disease-breeding buckets. Every minute, a child under the age of five dies because of dirty water and poor sanitation.

Toilet twinning raises funds to enable people living in poor communities to have clean water, a basic toilet, and to learn about hygiene – a vital combination that helps end generational poverty.

For a week between 18-24 March, staff and students contributed cash every time they used the geography building toilets and £60.00 was raised, including money collected at the sustainability office’s World Water Day stall outside the Curve.

Just £60 twins one toilet with a single hygienic latrine in an impoverished community. We will receive a certificate to hang in our loo, with the GPS co-ordinates and a photo of the sponsored toilet.

toilet certificate (002)

Many thanks to all who contributed!


Written by Ed Oliver, Geography.


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