Sewa International's Toilet and Hygiene Project for the Girl Child
Sewa International is a non-profit charitable organisation working towards world peace and harmony. Started in 1989, Sewa serves humanity regardless of race, religion, caste, colour, gender or religion.
Sewa International’s Toilet and Hygiene Project for the girl child was conceived to provide sanitation facilities to the vulnerable section of our society by overcoming social and cultural norms of accepted practice of open defecation.
There are several ‘Rights’ given to citizens of India which we utilise and get benefit from under constitution law, but somehow we felt the need to give “Right to Sanitation Facilities” to our women and girl children who faces several challenges everyday just to attend nature calls in safe and secure environment.
#Yes! I can go to school..
Saritha ji who is physically handicapped who was suffering the most as she couldn’t walk longer distance as others to defecate was immensely thankful to our team for giving her sanitation facilities, she has even influenced her mother-in- law who with orthodox background strongly felt that toilet in the vicinity of a house is unacceptable and has made her quit defecating in open field and has educated her in using the toilet unit. We need such strong women who will propagate our mission and help us build swatch and surakshit bharath(clean and safe India).
Aisha, 16 year old who is studying in BTVP aspires to become a doctor, she is from urdu medium currently studying in BTVP, when we were interacting with girls to know their grievances about the lack of toilet facilities, she mentioned that several times girls skip drinking water in order avoid attending nature in open field. After the installation, she approached us with a huge smile
on her face thanking us for fulfilling the promise we made to them. Going through all the
trouble of installation (vendor issues) was worth that smile.
Ramakanth patel, 10 year old boy who is attending our Read kashi Read India – after school tutorial for students of poor economic background, surprises us on our every visit to Varanasi. The way he has improved tremendously is a joy to behold. We are glad our teachers are not only educating them on school syllabus but they are also concentrating on overall development of the children.
Thank you Sewa International for providing toilets to our school. Now, we don't have to wait until we get home to attend nature calls. We can concentrate on classes without worrying about taking a break to walk a mile to attend nature call in open fields. We are locking the toilets after every use and we clean them by assigning cleaning duties among ourselves.
This village has not seen a toilet since our ancestors have moved and settled here. We don't have any open field that we can use for nature calls, we do it on our houses terrace before sunrise and we scoop it out then dump them outside village. We take bath before entering the house. We come from a poor community and toilets are a luxury for us. Thank you Sewa International for travelling miles to help us, thank you for building community toilets. We don't have much words to express our gratitude. Our little girls doesn't have to go through what we have suffered for such a long time.