Thanks to the Manx this World Toilet Day!

Justine and her family in Uganda with their local latrine

Justine and her family in Uganda with their local latrine

Excellent news – over 130 toilets have been twinned in the Isle of Man since our Toilet Twinning campaign was launched last year!

The campaign, which was also supported by the World Development Committee of Churches Alive in Mann, gives individuals, families, businesses and other organisations an opportunity to fund a much-needed latrine in a developing country by raising £60 to “twin” their toilet.

Twinners get a certificate with a photograph and the GPS co-ordinates of their twinned toilet to put on display in their own smallest room but the real benefit is to the health and welfare of those benefiting from the donated latrine.

It’s estimated that around 2.5 billion people – that’s 40% of the world’s population – don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. Not only does this have a devastating impact on human health – every minute a child under the age of five dies from diseases linked to unclean water and sanitation – but there are serious knock-on social and economic effects through time lost at school or work, with women and girls especially affected.

One World Centre Director Rosemary Clarke says: “This is a fantastic response to the campaign. When we started talking about Toilet Twinning a year ago, there were less than a handful of twins on the Island but once again the people of the Isle of Man have risen to the challenge.

“It is so good to know that people here are choosing to make a positive impact on communities in some of the poorest countries in the world – and most twinners are finding their framed certificates make a good talking point with visitors to their homes!”

Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley is delighted to see how twinning has taken off across the Island. “Islanders are clearly on a roll and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity.

“On World Toilet Day in particular, it’s sobering to think how many people worldwide are still waiting for a proper toilet – and it’s a good opportunity to take a moment and appreciate our own loos. Sanitation saves lives and we should never take it for granted.”

For more information on how you can twin your toilet (or purchase a Toilet Twin as a Christmas gift!) visit

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Help us keep the Isle of Man a Fairtrade Island

For several years the Isle of Man has enjoyed having Fairtrade Island status, a Fairtrade Island logoposition which has been supported locally by the general public and which has also enhanced the Island’s reputation in the international arena. It is now time to renew our status.

To help secure this we want to raise awareness of Fairtrade amongst the Island’s business community, demonstrating its role in helping people in less developed countries feed themselves and provide for their families in a sustainable and more equitable way – and how support for Fairtrade complements, rather than competes with, the growing demand for more local food sourcing.

Business support will be vital in helping renew our status and we are holding a presentation in Douglas on Tuesday 10th November to help more businesses get on board. Please get in touch on 800464 or email if you would like to attend.

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So what does the One World Centre do?

Annual report picHave a read of our annual report which was presented at our recent AGM.  You might be surprised by the depth and  breadth of some of our initiatives!

Annual Report 2014-2015

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Refugee Resources

If you would like some further information about refugees, you might like to follow some of the links in this Refugee Resource

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Street collection for refugee appeal

bucket 2The One World Centre, supported by the Isle of Man Government’s International Development Committee, is co-ordinating an emergency street collection this weekend for the current refugee crisis.  The money raised will be split between the five aid agencies registered on the Island who are also members of the Disasters Emergency Committee and can make practical use of the funds straightaway to help those in crisis. These agencies are Save the Children, Oxfam, British Red Cross, CAFOD and Christian Aid.  We need more collectors at the various points around the Island – if you can spare an hour or two please let us know on 800464.

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Join us for our AGM

Rosemary with Lucy Johnson

Rosemary with Lucy Johnson

Please come along to our AGM on Friday 11th September. We will be holding this at Greens Restaurant in St Johns and everyone is welcome to join us to see what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning for the coming year. The official meeting will be short and followed by a talk from Lucy Johnson, an 18-year-old student from Ramsey who will be recounting highlights from her summer expedition helping an orphaned children’s project in Malawi. Doors open 6.30pm, tea, coffee and drinks from the bar available for purchase.

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Castle Rushen slam dunk One World Centre poetry competition

Poetry slam winners 2015 compressedA dramatic performance of a poem on Child Soldiers saw a team from Castle Rushen High School clinch first place in an exciting Poetry Slam organised by the One World Centre last week.

Year 7 students from both Castle Rushen and QE2 High Schools took part in the competition which required youngsters to write, memorise and perform a poem on one of four global themes. The other topics were hunger, water and sanitation, and conservation in a global context.

Following inter-school competitions, the ten finalists performed their pieces at QE2 in front of a panel of judges and other Year 7 students.

All the teams performed well with clear expression and some very emotional, heart-wrenching content but it was Castle Rushen’s powerful delivery, sense of rhythm, team interaction and strong message that gave them the overall win.

Their performance was all the more impressive given there had been some last minute changes to the team’s line up of Ryan Coates, Percy Hampton and John Keig – and Percy was working with a broken arm!

Runners up were a group from QE2 who tackled the subject of hunger for their poem.

Prior to the event all the youngsters were treated to a performance from local poet and chief judge Bill Strutt who had composed some verse of his own for the occasion.

One World Centre Director Rosemary Clarke said: “We had run the Poetry Slam before as a pilot with Castle Rushen High School and it was clear that the students learned a lot from the project, not only in terms of writing and performing poetry but thinking about a response to some of the big issues in the world today.

“It was really inspiring to see QE2 students take up the challenge too and we hope to involve more schools in future.”

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Primary Film Competition – you can view here!


The films of the four finalists from the Primary Short Film Competition can be seen below:

Overall Winner, Sulby

Winner of best Title Sequence, St Johns

Winner of best Call to Action, Anagh Coar

Winner of best Special Effects, Ashley Hill


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A week to go for the Global Village!

Web Indian dance croppedLinette will be back again this year with two dances.  Other performers include African and Bulgarian dancers, a Filipino harpist and displays of Aikido and Karate – and there will be the opportunity to try your hand with a didgeridoo.

So come and find us in the Arboretum in St Johns on Monday 6th July from 1000, with performances in the afternoon.

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Hat trick for Sulby in It’s Not Fair! film competition

All the young finalists at the 2015 One World Centre Primary School Film competition awards

All the young finalists at the 2015 One World Centre Primary School Film competition awards

Move over Hollywood! The students at Sulby Primary School are making a name for themselves with a remarkable run of wins in the One World Centre’s It’s Not Fair! short film competition.

Designed to allow primary children to explore global issues and express their learning creatively in a four-minute film, the competition, kindly sponsored by Sure, attracted entries on a number of topics including fair trade and rainforest destruction

Having enjoyed previous wins with films on general issues around global fairness and inequality, this year Sulby scooped the top prize again with an entry that focussed on water.  Their success was announced at a special award screening held at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre on Monday evening in front of the other competition finalists, as well as teachers and parents.

Sulby’s film, which was described by the judges as “beautiful”, “engaging” and “thought-provoking”, followed the story of a drop of water as it travelled through time and around the earth, eventually falling into a stagnant muddy pool in Africa where it was drunk by a young girl with no access to clean fresh water.

Whilst highlighting the tragic effects of dirty water on the young and vulnerable, the film also contained humour, lots of facts and information and suggestions on how access to water and sanitation can be improved for the millions who don’t currently have it. The film was awarded Best Production as well as Best Overall Film.

Other award winners were Anagh Coar (Best Call to Action) who looked at the impact of deforestation and talked about their decision to adopt a rainforest jaguar; Ashley Hill (Best Special Effects) who made good use of green screen to feature on Fairtrade and St Johns (Best Title Sequence) who looked at different types of unfairness in the world, including education, with very imaginative use of sport to make their points.

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