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Jams and pit latrines

on June 22, 2016

Every year is the same, but this year was far worse….. Time to sort out what to do with the jam from last year that we haven’t eaten, sold or given away.   This year I still had over 60 jars of jam, all from last year, but totally edible for at least another year – the nature of a preserve!!  They were the jars that had wonky labels, or the original labels still on them with too sticky adhesive to remove when reusing.  I had an idea….

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I went on to the book of faces, and popped a little note up saying that I was going to sell them off for a £1 a jar and the money was going towards twinning a toilet in Uganda.   I thought that I might sell about 20, and then would top it up with our own cash to make it up to the £65 target.    Well, the next couple of hours were super busy, taking orders and bagging them up.   Some people were generous and gave me more than I had asked for as well, so it’s great that I can now twin a loo and help a community in rural Uganda all from other people being prompted to give to an amazing cause.

We first started toilet twinning a couple of years ago when there was an outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, and our family decided to help a community by providing a toilet for them to use.  It’s lovely to pop to the loo and see that you have helped other people with something so simple and basic as a toilet.

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Toilettwinning.org has many countries that you can sponsor a loo through, but Uganda is my country of choice as I visited there a couple of times in the 90s.  I have vivid memories of desperately needing the toilet in one town, and the only ‘toilet’ there was a mud hut with a holey and rusty corrugated tin roof.  There was no toilet, no hole in the ground (as was the norm where I had been staying), just drying faeces all over the ground that I had to step around before relieving myself.   Other times I had to go to the pit latrine in the night and flick the cockroaches off of my legs whilst in there.  No-one should have to do that anymore: let’s share our wealth with those far worse off in the world.    Even if it is jars of jam that are sitting under the stairs from last year.

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