Babli (while returning from her uncle’s place in the city): Ma, why don’t we have a toilet in our home? Uncle and aunty have toilet in their home. It is so convenient Ma, I don’t like to go out in the fields. Please Ma, ask papa to build a toilet in the house. Ma, don’t you feel bad in defecating in the open. You know what, Rajni di told me that she will not come to our place because we don’t have a toilet and even she made fun of me.
Ma: Yes Babli, I also felt that a toilet is very necessary for every household. I was talking about this to your aunty and she told me that open defecation is the cause of many diseases. Now I know, why you are always falling sick. I will talk to your papa about this.
Babli is a 10 years old bubbly girl, who lives in a small village of 150 families. Barring very few, almost all the households don’t have proper sanitation facilities and as such people defecate in the open. Babli is also among the people who defecate in the open. Every morning she goes with her mother to the fields.
Our country India is progressing, we are achieving new milestones. We have reached the Mars, but still we have petty issues to be solved at the core. People in urban India have almost all the amenities of a modern life but majority of the Indians who stay in rural areas or small villages are devoid of basic amenities of life.
One such very basic need is the unavailability of a toilet in the houses of rural areas. Still there are millions of people defecating in the open. Due to the lack of proper sanitation facilities, people in villages keep on falling sick. Such unhygienic environments are detrimental to the health of kids. The unavailability of toilets is very harmful to the dignity of women. As they go out for open defecation, it gives chance to hooligans to chase them. It’s against the safety and security of women. It’s always safe and sound in the confines of one’s own home. So a toilet is the need for the good health and also for the safety and dignity of individuals. So there should be a “Toilet for Babli”.
To contribute for this campaign against “Open defecation”, Domex (HUL’s flagship sanitation brand) has come forward with Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) programme. The DTA was launched on 19th November 2013. The DTA makes toilets accessible and affordable, while promoting the benefits of clean toilets & good hygiene.It aims to become a sustainable and long-term solution to provide sanitation that benefits the local community and helps stimulate the local economy.
We have all the basic amenities of life, so as responsible citizens of India, we should also contribute to this campaign of Domex. We can bring about the change in the lives of millions of kids, thereby showing our support for the Domex Initiative. All we need to do is “click” on the “Contribute Tab” on http://www.domex.in and Domex will contribute Rs.5 on our behalf to eradicate open defecation, thereby helping kids like Babli live a dignified life.