Those of you who have holidayed with us before will know that back in the winter of 2017/18 we undertook a major refurbishment of the bathroom block at the end of the communal barn. This gave each yurt its own private bathroom which was a great bonus for us and our holidaymakers as it allowed us to stay open when Covid regulations placed restrictions on shared spaces.
We are super proud of our bathrooms (they get lots of great reviews) and to celebrate four years since we re-modelled them and their ongoing brilliance we have finally got around to twinning them with toilets in four different countries around the world with Toilet Twinning. Read on to find out where our twinned toilets are...
Badger's bathroom is twinned with a latrine in rural Afghanistan;
Buzzard's with one in Macuelizo in Honduras in Central America;
Willow's with one in Tumu, Nigeria; and
Woodpecker's with a latrine in Kagoro in the Eastern Province of Zambia.
We are fortunate in the UK to be able to take going to the loo in a clean and safe toilet for granted (and we believe you should expect that standard on holiday too!). But did you know that 2 billion people don't have somewhere safe to go the toilet and 785 million people (a whopping 10% of the world's population) still lack access to even basic water services.
According to Toilet Twinning, which is part of the charity Tearfund, a child dies every two minutes from a sanitation-related illness. Women risk being attacked or bitten by snakes as they squat in the grass, often late at night, and teenage girls drop out of school if it doesn't have decent toilets. For every £1 spent on sanitation, a community gains £5.50 through better health and productivity. Worth doing then I think.
Here at Blackdown Yurts we are so proud of our bathrooms and now we are proud to sponsor four latrines around the world too to help flush away poverty. To twin your own toilet (or tap, fridge or bin) with one in a country where people really need them, visit www.toilettwinning.org.
Katie is one of the owners of Blackdown Yurts and likes to write about things going on at and around her beautiful glamping site