16th May 2013

Seddon and Etone College students help flush away poverty

Construction company Seddon, which is building a new classroom block and library at Etone College, Nuneaton, has teamed up with the school to help flush away poverty.

Seddon has contributed £180 to ‘twin’ three toilets at the school with new latrines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Nepal.

The money has been donated through the Toilet Twinning initiative, set up by UK-based charities Cord and Tearfund to help the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo.

Students at the College have been presented with certificates featuring photos of the new latrines and details of their GPS coordinates.

Lorraine Kingsley, Toilet Twinning general manager, says: "We are thrilled that Seddon has twinned the toilets at Etone College, making the college the latest educational establishment to have their toilets twinned. Very often, in poor communities, girls drop out of school when they reach their teens because their local school doesn't have any toilet facilities. We work through operational teams and local partners to enable schools to have toilet blocks, so girls in particular can finish their education."

Seddon community project manager Maggie Heap says: "Toilet Twinning helps transform lives in poor communities around the world by giving access to clean water and sanitation and hygiene education.  We’re really pleased to have been able to give our support to such a worthwhile cause as part of the work we’re doing at Etone College.”

Seddon is building a two-storey development for Etone College which will replace current deteriorated temporary classrooms and provide additional teaching facilities comprising of ten classrooms, library, office and toilets. The development, located in the main school site, is due to be completed this summer.

Tearfund and Cord use the money raised through Toilet Twinning to help provide access to help people enjoy better health, go to school and work. Each year, the two charities enable operational teams and local partners to work with local communities to build thousands of latrines around the world.  Providing people with clean water and basic sanitation is one of the most cost-effective ways to release people from poverty: for every £1 spent on water and sanitation, £8 is returned through saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs.

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