A city church is making a big splash in a quirky campaign to twin toilets with loos in developing nations.
Toilet Twinning raises funds to enable people living in poor communities to have clean water, a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene – a vital combination that prevents the spread of disease, reduces the number of deaths among children and brings hope for the future.
The Rev Hennie Johnston, vicar of St Mark’s, said: ‘I had already twinned my toilet at the vicarage for a latrine in Ethiopia, as had other members of the congregation twinned their toilets with other countries, and so with the parish parochial council’s encouragement, we thought it would be a godly challenge to engage the whole church with this project during Lent.
“For a £60 donation, one can twin one’s toilet at home, work, school or church, with a latrine in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, the DRC, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nepal, and Uganda.”
The Rev Johnston added: “I am encouraged that so many people have contributed, those who attend St Mark’s, those who attend our cafe, and those who have visited the church during Lent, to enable us to donate seven toilets to seven other countries.
“We have donated to Afghanistan, the DRC, Liberia, and are awaiting to hear from Tearfund where our other three toilets will be built.”
She encouraged anyone reading this article to visit www.toilettwinning.org and consider donating £60 to build a latrine and save lives.
Meanwhile, St Mark’s, in St Mark’s Road, has reopened its side chapel for prayer after months of restoration work following damp and woodworm.
The Anglican church will be open five mornings a week from 9.30am to noon from Tuesday, May 6.
Anyone who needs a quiet space to sit, reflect, pray, or light a candle is invited along.
Its community cafe A Different Taste @ St Mark’s is open on Thursdays, between 10am and 1.30pm. There is a short act of worship at 11.30 am for 15 minutes.
The Rev Johnston thanked Saltney Town Council and others in the community for contributing financially towards the restoration of the side chapel.