Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The sorry state of hygiene – from Babli's Point of view

The very first place you look for as soon as you wake up is your toilet, without which you can't even imagine your home. Home Sweet Home, I say.

No, that is not how this post is going to be. This is about the homes, villages and people in India where in they have to travel a distance to find a place for their bowel movement. 

This is specifically about the girl Babli, who is couldn't just find four walls to evacuate her bowels. This is specifically about every Babli in every village and every home without toilets.

She has to think about evacuating her bowels before going to school, because she cannot find a public toilet on the way. She has to again think about it before heading back home because it is the same way without any public toilets. She has to think about it before going to visit her relatives, who knows she may not find a toilet in their home too.

We have a lot of places in this country where we can find a Babli who is struggling to defecate without any impact on her dignity.

Hey wait, having toilets in every home does not solve the problem. Public toilets, not just public toilets, 'hygienic' public toilets is what she is looking for. The word hygienic matters a lot here because if they are not hygienic, it would cost more than the money you spend on building those toilets, to cure Babli from the diseases she got from the unhygienic toilets. Unhygienic is again bad for Babli's health and she being a bright girl who chooses to wait for some more time to reach her home or in unfortunate conditions resort open defecation.

For every time she defecates in open places, there is some inner part in Babli which cries to tears - "This is not going to happen again". But when is this not happening going to happen in Babli's life, when?

India is a place where there are  dignitaries like Pratibha Patil who became the president and there is Babli who had either hurt herself by waiting for a long time for her bowel movement, or unfortunately had  to resort to open defecation because of not having a toilet at her place or she couldn't wait because she couldn't find a public toilet.

But this is going to end soon, thanks to http://www.domex.in/  and the #ToiletForBabli initiative for the change they are trying to bring in the country. 

Even 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.

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