For those who have access to Sanitation facilities it’s hard to believe how difficult it is to lead a life without proper sanitation facilities. It is hard to believe that 2.5 billion people in the world don’t have clean toilets for themselves. Approximately 1.1 billion of them defecate in the open. It has been an issue that has come to forefront in the recent years and politicians have started expressing their views in public. Some leaders have blamed the Indian Railways and said that it’s the world’s largest open toilet. Some leaders have said that in India it is important to built toilets than building temples. Fiinovation believes proper sanitation facility is a human right and people should not wait for it.
In the year 2001 World Toilet Organization declared that every year 19th November will be celebrated as World Toilet Day. Every year an annual summit is being held in partnership with the host government. The summit has been already organized in India. The inaugural year of the summit was 2001 and it was held in Singapore.
The summit helps create awareness about sanitation issues. It also brings out the consequences of poor sanitation facilities. Inadequate sanitation facilities are also a security issue especially for women. Women and girls across the globe feel embarrassed to go in the open and have to wait till night to defecate. There is greater chance of physical attack or sexual violence at night. Having toilets nearby their homes, gives women a sense of security. And every government and society should take responsible steps to improve the sanitation facility.
The government of India has been implementing a comprehensive programme to eradicate the practice of open defecation in India. The government of India understands that health and hygiene has direct relationship between availability of adequate water and sanitation facilities. The Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan by the ministry of water and sanitation, government of India aims to improve the standard of living of the people of the rural areas and provide them with privacy and dignity to women.
Taking notes from the government initiatives, Fiinovation in its social development concepts incorporates activities that involve creating awareness among local communities. Fiinovation understand the need of having adequate sanitation facilities to address the health and environmental issues in rural areas. Local communities don’t understand the need of building toilets, they generally believe investing in building a toilet is waste of money. Fiinovation in association with NGOs organize community sensitization sessions where the local communities are made aware about the benefits of having toilets.
Fiinovation urges the people to enhance water management and end open air defecation.