I have learned to base my quotes and statements on facts. And some facts are just preposterous for someone like you and me, who have access to almost everything in life.

I searched "Open Defecation in India" on Google and I was surprised by what I found.

We might have reached the Mars but something as basic as sanitation is still a dream for almost 500 million people in India. I know that this isn't a day's work but was  Mangalayan? Having said that, I really don't mean that I am against the spectacular development that is happening but I just want to glorify the fact that it would be better if we start from ground zero.

Lack of basic sanitation and hygiene effects the children, the future of India, the most. And I really don't think I have to mention how important for a woman is a toilet. For both her dignity and personal hygiene.

Let me quote some more facts:

  • 2,15,000 children in India die from diarrhea every year. 
  • India has the highest number of under-five death globally.(Yes, blame it on undernourishment and unhygienic living conditions)
  • 626 million Indian defecate in the open. 
Wow! That was something, wasn't it? I mean it is so sad that we don't have toilets in our country. People defecate in the open. What does that lead to? Spread of so many air-borne diseases, unhygienic living conditions and what not? 

In the previous post also I talked about that how for more that 40% of the population in India, food is more important than education or rather how people have to choose between the two. Similarly, our conditions are so bad that we have to chose between food and toilets. People in rural India would rather earn and buy food than built toilets. And is it wrong? Not according to them. Not according to me also had I not been educated about the importance of sanitation. Food is necessary for sustaining one's life, so is hygiene. I know this, you know this even those people who have to make this inhuman choice know this, but can they afford it? 

But is it right to blame the Government for everything? I don't think so. It is trying its best to do what it can, but at it's own pace. In my previous Google search, I cam across happy stories too, but it was just 1% of the results may be.

Good for a start, isn't it?

But is there anything that we, you and I, can do about it? I have always maintained that bloggers can use their power to educate and make people aware. While I wrote this blog, I got to know about the bitter facts and while you are reading this, you got to know it too. So yes, it's a knowledge chain that can lead to great changes.

There are some big organizations which are also coming forwards and taking small steps. For example Domex which is HUL's flagship sanitation brand. Since the past one year, Domex is running the Domex Toilet Academy which aims at providing sanitation to the local community and thus helping to stimulate the local economy. They started small with the state of Maharashtra and Odisha and aimed to build 24,000 toilets here by the end of 2015.

Is there anything you can do about it? Surely you can!

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.

On the same website, you can click on the various tabs like "progress" and actually see the progress that has been made by Domex's DTA. 

This effort is worth. 

This post is written as a part of IndiBlogger and Domex initiative. 

Sources: The Times of India
               The Economist
               BBC News

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