This blog post has been written for Domex's #ToiletForBabli initiative on Indiblogger. Visit http://www.domex.in/ to be a part of the "You Click, Domex Contributes" initiative and help children like Babli live a better life.
Open defecation is one of the biggest challenges that a country like India faces. There are several reasons for this problem, including the inability to reach all the people in the country. However, we can not deny the fact that this issue needs immediate attention and we must put in our best foot forward to ensure that we provide the basic sanitation facilities to everyone, at least considering that we are in the 21st century already, a century that we boast for technology and immense human advancement. Man has reached Mars and yet, our people aren't able to find a toilet. Strange.
It is sad to note that, according to the UN, nearly 1/3rd of the world population does not have access to a proper toilet, and nearly a billion people are forced to defecate in the open. People are choiceless and are forced to defecate outside, without privacy. Open defecation is a leading cause for diseases like diarrohea, cholera, typhoid, hepatitits, worm infestation as well as reduced physical growth. Putting an end to open defecation will not only help people with privacy and reduce possibility of diseases and infection, but will also help children like Babli improve their attendance at school, and reduce their visits to hospitals. There have been several cases where stools are washed into lakes and rivers, and this water is used for consumption by people. In some countries in Africa, diarrohea is the third bigger killer of children below 5 years of age.
In a recent report jointly prepared by the WHO and the UNICEF, it was stated that nearly 597 million people practice open defecation in India (largest in the world).
When we think of women defecating in the open, it is such a shameful thing today. While on one hand, we are talking of becoming the crown of the world by 2025, on the other hand, we are struggling to take care of the people who are unable to catch the pace at which things are moving. It is the collective responsibility of the society to ensure that we move together. Corporate in now taking the initiative through CSR activities to help people get these basic amenities.
One such wonderful initiative called "You Click Domex Contributes" is taken up by Domex. The company has taken an initiative to make villages in Maharashtra and Orissa open defecation free zones. Nearly 443 million school days are lost due to diseases caused by open defecation and this initiative will cause a significant decline in this number. You can help make a difference by visiting http://www.domex.in/ and click on Contribute. You don't have to contribute anything. Just enter email ID and the company will contribute Rs 5 on your behalf towards this cause. Awesome. I just did it. Please do it right away !