She woke up to the sound of the rooster in her backyard, announcing the crack of dawn. The morning sunshine brings warmth and light,seeping in life through the cracks of her hut. Babli wanted to wake up a little later, letting her body drink in the early morning sunshine. And then she remembered.
She shot up from her makeshift bed which is basically layers of tarpaulin with a single tattered bed sheet. She went to the well and drew water. She was just a little taller than the well and heaved a sigh of relief when she saw the bucket in sight. She emptied the water into her own little bucket which drips water constantly and started walking.
She felt weak to walk so long in the morning cold with her bare foot all alone. But she had to. Because she didn’t want them to see. To see her doing the one most common thing which every human does, in the public and out in the open. She had to defecate and she felt so ashamed to do it in the open and terrified at the thought that some of the boys from her neighborhood might see her. It made all her mornings horrible, but she had no choice. She walked as far as she could, so that no one is around. But still, it is out in the open and she can never be sure that she is alone in those fields.
This is a nightmare. Many of us would even flinch at this thought. But it is very common and very wide spread in India. Even in the 21st century, India has 597 million people defecating in the open. It is not alone shameful; it is also one of the biggest health hazards. It is so unhygienic and the number of possible health threats that open defecation has been creating to these people, would send a shiver down your spine.
Everyone deserves dignity. It is very inhumane to come across such sorry state of our country, know that people and kids just like you and me are suffering from ailments due to poor sanitary conditions and break a little with every crack in their dignity. You might ask, what can YOU do. Oh yes 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.
A little about the Domex initiative :
About The Domex Toilet Academy
Domex, HUL’s flagship sanitation brand, currently runs the Domex Toilet Academy (DTA) programme. Domex Toilet Academy was launched on 19th November 2013. It aims to become a sustainable and long-term solution to provide sanitation that benefits the local community and helps stimulate the local economy. The Toilet Academy makes toilets accessible and affordable, while promoting the benefits of clean toilets & good hygiene. Our effort has resulted in bringing the change in the villages of Maharashtra and Orissa and we aim to build 24000 toilets by 2015 in rural areas faced with the problem of open defecation.
So let us join hands and help Domex with this initiative for a cleaner and better India. After all, this is what you and I want. When someone is ready to do it, why not encourage it !? Please click the link. A button click from your side would save many other kids like Babli from embarrassment.