Four students living in the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu crowdfunded money from their classmates to build a toilet for their friend who did not have this facility at home.
Vaseegaran, Rahul, Naveenraj and Harish are students of Class 8 at the SK Government High School in Thethakudi South Village.
They were extremely disturbed to see that their friend and classmate Agathiyan, who comes from a very poor family, was frequently falling sick and missing school. He had even developed a skin disease on his foot.
All this was being caused by lack of sanitation facilities in his home.
So, the four friends decided to take matters into their own hands. They raised money to build a toilet for Agathiyan from among their classmates at school.
To save expenses, they decided they would do the actual construction work themselves.
They were encouraged in their efforts by their teacher Veeramani, who also helped them organise an Independence Day rally to raise awareness about the importance of sanitation and health and having a proper toilet at home.
These four boys have set an example for others in their community and hopefully more and more people will now make the effort to construct toilets in their homes.