Children have aqueer need to go to the toilet at what would seem the most inconvenient times and situations.
The need to inspire them to use a clean one, arise.
Millions people in India defecate openly every single day. They do not even have access to a toilet. The most vulnerable of these are children. Pneumonia and diarrhea remain leading causes of deaths among children.
Domex is working to make clean toilets a reality in every home, taking on the challenge to address this nationwide problem from the grassroots: by invoking the participation of local communities to induce behaviour change amongst rural areas that needed it the most.
Case – Study I:
PUNE: Over 97,000 homes in the rural parts of Pune district still do not have toilets. The district administration has now decided to construct them by October 2 to achieve 100% sanitation status under the Union government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The administration has warned that citizens failing to construct toilets will lose the benefits of various government-led schemes and bank loans. Besides, their names and photographs will be displayed on boards at public places in the villages.
Pune Zilla Parishad officials, monitoring construction of toilets in the rural parts, said on Tuesday, that about 84% of the target has been met, so far.
About 732 gram panchayat’s in the district have passed resolutions to act tough against residents who will not construct toilets in the next one month.
The gram panchayat’s have proposed that banks be told not to sanction loans to such residents, stop distribution of food grain and kerosene to these families and not issue any certificates to them.
Errant residents may also face water and power cuts. A brass band will play outside their residences and their names will be displayed, Kand said.
Authorities said of the 97,293, about 6,993 families do not have enough space to construct toilets at home. The administration plans to provide public toilet facilities for them.
The state government has set a 100% sanitation status target by March 2017, but the administration wanted it done before the deadline. Officials said “ignorance” has been the prime reason for non-construction of toilets.
Case – Study II:
Six school girls from Bihar have renounced wearing gold jewellery until their parents build toilets in their homes.
Girls raised their hands and demanded toilets since open defecation is not just unsanitary but also poses a major safety risk to women.
It is essential to keep in mind that this move is not just a plea for public health and safety but also human dignity.
Over the past couple of months, the number of women making appeals and taking proactive action to ensure that they have access to toilets in their own homes has increased.
The Swachh Bharat mission turned 2 years old recently but even then the Swachch Status Report indicates that more than half of the rural population (52.1%) in India continues practising open defecation.
In July, a girl from Karnataka went on a three day long fast till district authorities assured her they would construct toilets for every household in the village. Around the same time, a woman in Bihar sold four goats and used the money she had saved for the treatment of her paralysed husband to construct a toilet.
On September 27, 2016, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, launched a scheme called ‘Sauchalay Nirmaan, Ghar Ka Samaan’ to ensure that every household in Bihar has a functional toilet by the end of 2019.
Build Toilet – Use Toilet – Keep it Clean – Be Safe
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