The pupils of Raasay Primary School are doing their best to flush away poverty through Toilet Twinning.  Together, the school and community raised enough money to officially twin the school toilet block with toilets in Uganda.

The international charity, Tearfund, helps communities to build safe and hygienic toilets with the help of funds raised from Toilet Twinning.  

Rhona Gillies, Clerical Assistant at Raasay Primary School, told The Skye Times: "Mrs Sandra Smith, ex-Head Teacher at Raasay Primary School, came into school one day to explain to the children all about the charity which focuses on providing clean water and sanitation in communities where people were dying from diseases caused by the lack of proper toilets and water facilities."  

The pupils were each given cardboard money boxes to take home and place near their toilet.  Says Rhona: "They encouraged everyone to literally 'spend a penny' by putting money in the box each time they went to the loo!  With input from the local community as well, we raised over £300, which is a fantastic amount for a small school in a small community.  We are now the proud owners of a photograph and certificate of our twin toilet block in Kanombe Village in Uganda."

The primary school and nursery pupils are pictured above holding the certificate.  

Efforts are also being made to turn the Isle of Skye into an official Toilet Twinned Island.  For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.