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Issue No.117
17 December 2018

Extra Resources 117

More toilet twinning stories (see pp.30-31 of issue 117)

 

Mira And Bishwo Nepal High -res

Bishwo and his daughter, Mira - Nepal

Mira is 20 and lives in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. When she was a teenager, she fell seriously ill and was in hospital for a month, missing a lot of school. The family didn't realise, but their old toilet was built too close to the stream where they got their drinking water. Their waste was contaminating their water with bacteria.

When Toilet Twinning partners taught Mira's father, Bishwo, how to build a proper loo in the right place, he sold two of his goats to pay for the materials. He was so proud of his new loo that he held an open day and invited neighbours to try out his toilet. Many villagers have since built a toilet for themselves. 'Our toilet is my guarantee of old age,' says Bishwo.

 

Bridget School

Bridget - Uganda

Most people in Bridget's village in south-west Uganda are banana-farmers. Bridget, 14, wants to be a nurse. She knows she must do well at school. But only one in three Ugandan children completes primary education. Bridget lives in Rukungiri, one of the country's poorest areas.

Bridget and her classmates used to take turns to collect water from a contaminated spring almost a mile away. They missed lessons and fell behind. The old school toilets were "disgusting", says Bridget. "You'd feel sick they were so smelly."

But now the school has a tapstand, so the children no longer miss class to get water. Pupils know to wash their hands - and the girls now have their own toilets, thanks to Toilet Twinning's support. Within three months, 65 girls had re-enrolled in school, after dropping out. Now the school is clean, attendance is much better - and so are Bridget's chances of becoming a nurse. "To achieve my goal, I need to stay healthy," she says.

 

 

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Sculptor Sally Dunham created 'Just Thinking' - the sculpture featured on p.9.

Sally Dunham Sculpture

She tells us more about her art:

My love for art started much longer than 20 years ago; even as a young child I would spend hours creating models from FIMO and fabric. My first real introduction to clay came when I started Sixth Form College in Cambridge and was given a choice of media in which to specialise. As soon as I touched clay I was hooked. I remember carving into a block of clay to create my first figure, and my wonderful teacher, Neil, saying to me, "Remember, the figure is in there, you just have to discover it." This has always stayed with me. During my Degree course I spent two years experimenting with a range of techniques. Towards the end of my second year and during my third year, my current style began to evolve and continues to develop to this day.

All of my work is unique and is individually handcrafted from clay using a mixture of Earthstone and Porcelain clay. Each sculpture is constructed hollow using no moulds or interior supports, using small slabs of clay pieced together almost like a patchwork quilt. The individual pieces of clay can be seen in the finished sculptures giving them a lively, distinctive finish and tactile surface.

Within my figurative sculptures, I base my work on an onlooker's view of others existence. I intend to capture a moment in time of a situation or circumstance experienced by ordinary people, without becoming involved with complex human politics. My work is narrative; my intention is not to portray a specific person but an anonymous characterisation of a collective type. Each piece captures a tiny segment of a day in the life of somebody's life experience.

See more of Sally's work at w: www.sallydunham.co.uk