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#ToiletForBabli – An initiative by Domex India !

Hey All,
We all know open defecation is a practice where people defecate in outside or in public as a result of cultural practices or having no access to toilets. But how many of us are aware it is the heart of sanitation issues around worldwide impacting public health. People are not doing this purposefully but they are left with no choice due to their circumstances. They are forced to defecate in public with no privacy.
I was shocked to know that it leads to cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, worm infestation, retarded physical growth, impaired cognitive function and under nutrition. What is more shocking is the fact India has the highest numbers of under-five deaths globally and 626 million Indians defecate in the open.  Domex highlights the fact that 2,15,000 children under five die from diarrhoea, Babli’s friend chintu was one of them.
India, in the 21st century, still has 597 million people defecating in the open. This is mainly due to lack of sanitation facilities. Lack of toilets and the lack of hygiene amenities are the reason for feeble health and a rise in ailments. Women are most impacted by the lack of sanitation facilities in our country. They face major issues related to health and safety which also impacts their dignity.
Domex India has launched a new campaign to break silence on open defecation and the campaign aims at ending open defecation which puts a full stop to number of deaths, hospital visits and missed school days.
A number of people in our country are living in extreme poverty. People still does not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.  All these directly hinder our nation’s progress as well. You know children in small rural areas drink water mixed with neighbour’s faeces. They don’t have toilets, clothes and they have to walk miles in search of water.
A survey reveals that the lack of improved sanitation largely contributes to the fact that a child dies every 2 and a half minute from preventable diseases. It also impacts vulnerable populations such as persons with disabilities and women, who are more exposed to sexual violence. Lack of private toilets in schools is a major reason why girls do not continue their education once they enter puberty. Poor sanitation and water supply also result in economic losses estimated at $260 billion annually in developing countries.
The campaign aims at raising awareness on the reality of open defecation. The issue is poorly understood and not even known to many people. Nobody talks about it and the issue is not getting the attention and the response it deserves. I am happy that Domex has come with a great iniative. We should take it seriously because you may be leading a comfortable life but it is a daily reality for millions of people.
The UN Secretary mentions “I am moved by the fact that a child dies every 2 and a half minutes from diseases linked to open defecation. Those are silent deaths – not reported on in the media, not the subject of public debate. Let’s not remain silent any longer.”
I travel in local passenger train every day to work. I see a lot of girls and men sitting in line in railway tracks and defecating in public. I see the places are so polluted and in such a mess. Once I came to know that 3 men died when they were hit by train in the midst of defecating in open railway tracks. A small girl who tried to get into a bushy foresty area to defecate died due to snake bite. I see some sexual violence activities too.
While I was studying in college (located in a very rural place but with good facilities), every day we have to walk and go inside. The road is inaccessible by vehicles and while walking we see many people defecating in open. Many a times we have felt embarrassed, ashamed and pity. We asked our secretary to talk to the villagers. Finally, our college collected some big amount and arranged for constructing bathrooms. Then we came to know they have no proper ditch/drainage as well as water facilities. The villagers were saying just bathrooms won’t help. We tried to do our best but then the government didn’t take any interest. Then it was the college guys, who raised the money by seeking donation and changed the way of lives for those poor villagers.
I am really sorry to see the state of hygiene in our country. Aren’t these circumstances preventable? Let’s not remain silent here after. Let’s join hands by hands with Domex to support this social cause.
For more information and view the full campaign please visit:  http://www.domex.in/.
About The Domex Toilet Academy:

Domex, HUL’s flagship sanitation brand currently runs the Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) programme. Domex Toilet Academy was launched on 19th November 2013. It aims to become a sustainable and long-term solution to provide sanitation that benefits the local community and helps stimulate the local economy. The Toilet Academy makes toilets accessible and affordable, while promoting the benefits of clean toilets & good hygiene. Our effort has resulted in bringing the change in the villages of Maharashtra and Orissa and we aim to build 24000 toilets by 2015 in rural areas faced with the problem of open defecation.

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.
Please join Domex in their latest initiative to help make villages ‘open-defecation’ free. We are not asking you money, we are not asking you to sign any petition, we are asking only two minutes –  Just a click to cleaner and safer India. I hope all of my readers will do it !
This Post is written for Happy Hours on Indiblogger  in association with Domex !
Iswarya
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