Wonder what the title means?!!!
It means exactly what it says:
EVERYONE – NEEDS – A – TOILET!
While there are high raise buildings and villas spreading out across major cities, do you know that there are 597 million people in India who do not have a toilet to do their daily chores in peace? Pathetically, most people who are accustomed to open ground defecation do not believe that a toilet system is essential for health and hygiene. Since defecation in the open was practiced from time immemorial, villagers strongly believe it does not affect the society they are living in. They ignore the fact that in old days, infant deaths and deaths due to stomach infection were a lot more common than today. Yet several other villagers who realize the importance of a sanitary system lack money to build one for their own.
When Meena Kinkar, a daily wage labor in Junapani, a small village in Maharashtra was interviewed for her views on building a toilet for her home, she says her son often falls sicks due to stomach upset. However, she refuses to agree that it has anything to do with the lack of a toilet. And even if she wants to build one, it is not going to be affordable for her.
I believe that almost all of those who are reading this post would be using a good sanitary system. I am writing here today to request each one of you to contribute your part to make India free of open defecation. While we are busy working hard to pay our EMIs for our new apartment, let us also work a little, if not harder, for the betterment of somebody somewhere who only needs a small space for toileting. Here are a few initiatives that you can support:
1. You Click Domex Contributes
You can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing your support for the Domex Initiative. All you need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on www.domex.in and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on your behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.
2. Help Domex Toilet Academy
Domex has announced the launch of Domex Toilet Academy to mark the occasion of World Toilet Day , November 19. The academy aims to build 24,000 toilets by 2015 in areas faced with the problem of open defecation and where people do not have access to improved sanitation.
3. Spread Awareness
If you hail from a village, take time to conduct gatherings in your village to educate people about the necessity of building toilets in your village. It might seem embarrassing in the beginning, but you will feel wonderful when you start seeing the changes that you can bring about.
4. Donate or Lend
There are several people who are looking for loans or donations to build their own toilets. You can find genuine requirements through authentic sources. You may also volunteer for someone you know in your own place who needs a good sanitation facility.
This post is sponsored by Domex. However, the opinions expressed in the post are solely mine.
0 Replies to “Everyone Needs a Toilet!”
You are awesome Nandini. I am just wondering why I didn’t read your blog earlier. I really didn’t know that India has more mobiles than toilets.
Thank you partha.
//India has more mobiles than toilets//
One a lighter side, this statement sounds witty. But when we get into the depth of it, it is truly saddening. When I get into exploring the social problems, I realize that the real problem of our country is not poverty. It is more the lack of awareness and the rigidity in old practices.