A foundation stone was laid to mark the ODF declaration of Dhanduka
Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, visited Dhanduka, a village in Nuh Tehsil in Mewat District of Haryana, on November 28, along with H.E. Ambassador of Serbia to India, Vladimir Maric, and declared it as ODF – an “Open Defecation Free” village.
This was possible with the joint endeavour of Sulabh Sanitation Mission Foundation and Ambassadors of Serbia to India H.E. Vladimir Maric alongwith H.Es. from Guatemala, Chile and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
A doubles charity tennis tournament titled as “Tennis4Toilets” was organized on 16th and 17th April, 2018, by the combined efforts of the embassies of Serbia, Guatemala, Chile and Bosnia & Herzegovina and Sulabh Sanitation Mission Foundation.
A total of 14 sponsors including logistics sponsors also came forward to make this event a success. The aim was to raise enough money to make one entire Indian village open-defecation free.
The funds raised by this tournament were used for the construction of 105 individual household toilets in village Dhandhuka to make the entire village Open Defecation Free.
Serbian Ambassador H.E. Vladimir Maric took the lead and he was joined by his tennis mates and counterpart from Bosnia H.E. Sabit Subasic, Guatemalan envoy H.E. Georges de La Roche Du Ronzet and Chile’s mission head H.E. Andrés Barbé González.
They came up with the idea to raise funds by organising a charity tennis match, which they named as “Tennis4Toilets”, for building ecological toilet in this Indian village. The event also promoted tennis as a sport in India.
A foundation stone was laid to mark the historic development in the village. School children also spread awareness about the importance of cleanliness for health and environment by holding placards of motivational slogans.
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