15 October 2017: Toilet Twinning Hike

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We had glorious weather for our Toilet Twining Hike around Gosford Hill Playing Field. The Cubs were sponsored to complete as many laps as possible while carrying 20 litres between their group. They all did extremely well - total laps are given below. This hike was part of our work towards our Community Impact badge.

What is the issue?

In rural parts of Africa, women and children have to walk long distances to fetch water: they don’t have a tap that they can turn on, or even a pump or a well close by. Fetching water takes a lot of time each day – the average distance walked is six kilometres (3.7 miles), and they carry very heavy loads of up to 20 litres at a time: this weighs the same as an average five-year-old.

There are also 1 in 3 people worldwide who do not have access to a toilet. Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers. Every minute, a child under the age of five dies because of dirty water and poor sanitation. Around half the people in the world currently have an illness caused by bad sanitation.

What is being done?

Lots of organisations are trying to help by building latrines (toilets) in rural areas. However, people often don’t understand their benefits and don’t want to use them – they are happier to go outdoors like they’ve always done, and the latrines end up being used as storage cupboards.

The Toilet Twinning approach is “community-led total sanitation”. This means that rather than just building latrines, Toilet Twinning helps people to understand why they need improved sanitation and to give them the tools to make change happen. They help set up small village committees to look at the link between open defecation (pooing outside!) and ill health. For many, this is a revelation: they have never understood why their children fall get so sick during the rainy season. Once the understand, they are keen to have a latrine.

Toilet Twinning involves local people in deciding on the design and materials to be used in latrine building. This means they are both appropriate and affordable. People generally build their own latrine, so they are much more likely to continue to use it, and maintain it – ensuring the project is sustainable.

How did we get involved?

By raising money to twin our toilets, we can help people currently living in poverty to gain access to a latrine, clean water, and the information they need to be healthy. The Pack is aiming to raise at least £300 so that we can twin our own Scout hut toilets with latrines in a school in Africa. Everyone who took part in fundraising will receive a special Toilet Twinning badge and we will receive information about where our twinned latrines are.

The following Cubs completed 9 laps (4.5 miles):
* Vito
* Benedict
* Stanley
* William
* Ben

The following Cubs completed 8 laps (4 miles):
* Tom W
* Tom B
* Joseph
* Megan
* Lewis
* Matthew
* James
* Jack M
* Austin

The following Cubs completed 7 laps (3.5 miles):
* Sebastian
* Jack S
* Philip
* Joe
* Reece
* Ravi
* George