A UN recognised event, World Toilet Day on November 19 aims to raise awareness about poor sanitation and defecation in the open
With an idea to raise awareness about the relevance of sanitation and hygiene for women’s and children’s health & gender equity and as an expression to make sanitation a priority Sulabh is celebrating the WORLD TOILET DAY 2017 at Trump Village (Marora), Mewat 19 Nov 2017.
As the country observed World Toilet Day on Sunday, biggest toilet pot model in the world was unveiled at Marora, popularly known as the ‘Trump village’, in Haryana. The development came in response to improve sanitation facilities across the country.
The scintillating occasion is graced by Prof Amitabh Kundu, Visiting professor & Senior Fellow, Institute of Human Development and Delhi Policy Group, Pragasen Ramiah, Chairperson, Sulabh International Centre For Action Sociology, South Africa, Dilip K Hathibed, Member of National Commission For Safai Karamcharis Government of India, Puneet Ahluwalia, Member of Trump Asian Pacific Advisory Committee, Republican Party and as a chief guest Prof. Shyam Lal, Former Vice Chancellor, Patna, Rajasthan & Jodhpur Universities as the Guests of Honor.
Chaudhary Hasan Mohd, Ex-Home minister, Haryana, Chaudhary Khursheed Rajaka, President, Vikas Samiti Mewat, Mohd Iqbal, Zila Parishad, Shiv Kumar Sharma, BJP Minister, Chaudhary Khalil Ahmad and Zahid Husain presides over the function.
Open defecation is most widespread in countries that also have the highest number of deaths for children aged five years and under, as well as the highest levels of malnutrition and poverty, and large disparities in wealth.
In a bid to mobilise its ongoing efforts against open defecation NGO Sulabh International Social Service Organisation built and unveiled toilet pot model in Marora village.
Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak and other dignitaries inaugurated the “biggest toilet pot of the world” model and dedicated another 95 new household toilets to the residents of the village.
The new toilets require lesser water for flushing, and the excrement will be converted into manure. Along with the biggest toilet pot, two other toilets had also been inaugurated at the event, i.e. Domestic Toilet and VIP toilet. Dr Pathak also gifted 158 solar lamps to children of the village who complained about the electricity problem and how because of that they are not able to study properly.
Apart from inaugurating individual toilets, two books on the use of toilets and sanitation were also released “Sulabh Magic Toilet” and “Donald Trump Village.”
The nondescript village, with a population of 1,800, in Mewat region was in June rechristened as “Trump village” by NGO Sulabh International Social Service Organisation in a gesture to US president Donald Trump ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington. For the first time in the country, ‘World Toilet Day’ was observed in a village now popularly known as Trump Village in Haryana.
The initiative was taken to create awareness towards sanitation and use of toilets. Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak said when he named the village Marora as ‘Trump village’, only 20 houses had toilets and people in the region opted for open defecation.
A mega pot of toilet made up of iron, fiber, wood and plaster of Paris — measuring 20x10 feet — was unveiled in the hamlet to mark the World Toilet Day.
“Each Sulabh Magic Toilet will cost around Rs 40,000 and it is going to help not only in keeping the village open defecation free, but will also socially uplift the area. We wanted to build toilets that work, and this technology is workable in the rural areas. As a result, the grooms in the village will also be now able to find themselves a bride,” said Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder, Sulabh International.
The quaint village of Mewat had hit headlines when the organization went ahead not just adopting it but also renaming it as Trump village dedicating same to US President Donald Trump.
The distinguished guests of the event got together for a photo op. Thereafter they were requested to take their seats on the dais. They were felicitated by Dr Pathak with Shawl, garlands and memento and bouquet.
The function started with the Swasti Recital by Vedic Scholars and welcoming of the guests by putting Tilak on their foreheads with the blowing conch, followed by a panoramic photograph.
An instrumental performance by an Army Band ‘Panther’ and students of Sulabh Public School and children of Village holding Sulabh oilet model and placard with the message written “Sulabh ne kiya neek kam, Trump rakh diya Marora ka naam”, “Sab log karo gungaan, khule mein swach se sabko nuksaan” etc welcomed the guests of honors.
Dr Bindeshwar Pathak in his welcome speech felicitates the distinguished guests of the occasion and briefs the audience on his eventful life journey through thick and thin.
A street play is presented by the students of Gargi College. The play was an educative effort at discouraging open defecation and raise awareness about cleanliness and hygiene.
“It’s a symbolic gesture to inaugurate a large toilet pot at Trump village to mark the World Toilet Day to create awareness among people towards the use of toilets and safe sanitation,” Pathak said.
He said the large pot replica would be moved to Delhi’s Sulabh Toilet Museum.
Dr Pathak had in June announced in Washington his decision to adopt Marora. He had said the move was aimed to encourage businessmen to adopt villages in India to promote sanitation.
Since then, Sulabh International has carried out the construction of toilets for every household and set up of a vocational training centre for girls in the village.
“Organising a programme in a remote village of Haryana on the World Toilet Day was a promotional concept in connection with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make villages in India free from open defecation on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary year in 2019,” Dr Pathak said. “Trump’s slogan is ‘Make America Great Again’ and our Prime Minister’s credo is ‘Make in India’, so I thought why not make a humble beginning honouring the friendship of the two,” he said.
Dr Pathak said he hoped the move would win enough attention and goodwill to raise awareness for a major social problem.
Puneet Ahluwalia, a member of the ruling Republican Party of the US, speaking on the occasion, said the initiative would go long way to motivate masses towards cleanliness and safe sanitation.
Screening of documentary
The popular motivational number from the repertoire of Sulabh ‘Hasna Mera Kaam’ on Dr Pathak’s Two-Pit Compost Toilet Technology highlights hygiene practices special focus on enabling girl students to attend to school thus raising their attendance at educational institutions in villages appreciably.
The system saves one from hazards of open defecation like snakes bites and inclement weather. Women especially are accorded a dignified and safe way of going about ablutions any time of the day.
Don’t Don’t Don’t Go for Open Defecation’, yet another number in English is written by Dr Pathak is being presented and a small documentary film on the importance and hazard of open defecation. The act underlines how open defecation increases incidence of cholera and typhoid, which can be checked by inexpensive Sulabh toilets.
There were four dance performances by the students of Sulabh School, three children of Marora village Abdul, Chaaya and Rabiya prepared speech in English in the honor of the dignitaries and talked about the life of Donald Trump. Group of girls from Sulabh Silayi centre of Marora dedicated the song to Dr Pathak same was done by group of musicians.
According to the report, women and girls are among the worst hit, with 50 million of them lacking access to basic sanitation. Notably, a total of 52 million household toilets have been built between October 2014 and November 2017. “But there is still a long way to go”, says the report, titled “Out of Order”. “Reaching all 1.28 billion people in India with basic services is a huge challenge. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), two in five health centers lack basic sanitation, putting patients and health workers at risk of infection”, it said. Globally, the report highlighted that one in three people still do not have access to a decent toilet.
Quoting government data, the report states that Swacch Bharat Mission has been able to improve access to sanitation. Toilets save lives because human waste spreads killer diseases. For that to be achieved, it is needed that everyone’s poo to be contained, transported, treated a disposed of in a safe and sustainable way, said Amitabh Kundu.
why the NAME ‘TRUMP VILLAGE’
Dr Pathak, who is an acclaimed champion of sanitation the world over, had announced that a village would be named after the US president to give a fillip to the Indo-US relationship. “I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village.”
The Sulabh founder urged the India-American community to help realize the goal of sanitation and cleanliness in India while giving his presentation to local leaders on his longstanding countrywide work of providing affordable, ecological, on-site waste disposal toilet systems.
“To re-brand Marora as ‘Trump Village’ is an exercise to promote and put in larger global public domain the initiative to sync in with the vision of the Indian PM Narendra Modi to make Indian villages free from open defecation by the deadline, of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in the year in 2019,” said Dr Pathak.
“I am a follower of Gandhi but Bhakt of Modi because he is the first person after Gandhi who has worked in the field of sanitation and hygiene and trying to make India ODF,” Dr Pathak further added.
WHY EVADing talk on TOILET?
The world toilet day is important for social awareness and human development. 200 years back the meaning of toilet in French was ‘cosmetic room’. Now the word toilet is used for defecation
“Why we avoid talking about the toilet in a civilized conversation? As it is an essential part of our daily life. Dr Pathak brought this topic to the limelight and made people understood its importance. If world toilet day is accepted globally then how come the conversation about it would be uncivilized, “said Amitabh Kundu The picture of PM adding the brick for the construction of Sulabh Magic Toilet should be the source of inspiration for us, he added.
He said, “We should develop a positive attitude about the toilet. According to the World Bank Monetary Report, the child and women mortality rate is lower in those areas where cleanliness and hygiene are on the top of priority list compared to the places where it is not. Everyone should focus on the importance of sanitation and women literacy, it is not the responsibility of Dr Pathak alone.”
DIVAS OF INDIA
Dr Shyam Lal said that there is a social message behind all the ‘Divas of India’. It carries the message and work of great people which should be passed through generation. Like the message of Mahatma Gandhi of ODF India.
He further said, “The major problem India is facing since the time of independence is open defecation and manual scavenging. Dr Pathak is the only person who took the initiative 50 years back to work for ODF India and people working as manual scavengers which should be appreciated globally.”
He made people aware of the fact that Dr Pathak took the scavenging sisters of Alwar village to UN to introduce them. He even wrote a book on them named ‘Princess of Alwar’.
DR PATHAK A SOCIAL AMBASSADOR
“You are a brilliant light and I am so honoured that you have enriched my life, enriched the life of trump village. The relationship of India and the US is good for the safe world that is the reason why Dr Pathak realized to make the make Marora a model village,” said Punit Ahluwalia. He said, “My focus is that I want to convey a message to Indians who are settled in the US to adopt villages like Marora and make the country clean and ODF. Help in fulfilling the vision of PM Narendra Modi.”
Apart from empowerment the socio-cultural bridge between India and US by Dr Pathak should grow not only on trade and defence but also on a social-cultural way, lift the women of both the countries and make India a better and safer place to live, added Ahluwalia.
He advised all the developing countries to opt for this Sulabh technology of Two-pit toilet because this is organic and simple. He called Dr Pathak a social and cultural ambassador.
A STORY OF THREE DREAMERS
Mahatma Gandhi developed the philosophy of ODF society. Dr Pathak was inspired by Gandhi went out on his mission some 50 years ago. So in doing he invented twin pit toilet. You also need power and influence to make India ODF
So you have the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, you have the dream of inventory Dr Pathak and PM Narendra Modi with the influence and power along with the dream, told Pragasen Ramiah.
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