Every morning, The Better India team spends a first few hours scouting for positive stories. We find many tales of humanity, some that moist our eyes for the courage displayed, that make us leap in joy for helping the less privileged. But, above all stories that speak of love, compassion and determination. These are stories of Indians that rise above challenges not merely for survival but for inspired living. People of Lonwadi village are one such bunch.
About 50 kms from Nasik, Maharashtra is a village named Lonwadi. About 42 household in this village live in the forest. Farming is the only source of income for these tribal families. The village has only three toilets, of which one is a bio-toilet used by senior citizens, provided by Shiv Prabha Charitable Trust. The rest of the villagers have no choice but to defecate in the open.
For a nation to growth, we have to lend a helping hand to those among us in need of basic amenities, even for something as basic as ‘Toilets’! And so, today on World Toilet Day, The Better India has taken up the mandate, along with Shiv Prabha Charitable Trust, to make Lonwadi ‘open defecation free’.
We need your support to make this dream come true.
What we intend to do:
One of the milestones for Lonwadi to become an Adarsh Gram (Ideal village) is having toilets for every household. In the last four years, Shiv Prabha has successfully helped bring clean drinking water, electricity, provided a digital school, assisted in group farming and irrigation, among other aid.
Our aim is to build 40 toilets in Lonwadi to make it free of open defecation’. We seek your support in meeting this endeavour.
How much will it cost?
We require Rs. 8,00,00 to build 40 toilets. It costs Rs. 20, 000 to build one toilet. We have just 30 days to raise the required funds.
Why does it cost as much?
While building a bio-toilet costs Rs. 35,000, the cost of a good quality toilet is Rs 20,000. Therefore, we have chosen to build a normal toilet as it is economical.
Who will build the toilets?
The NGO Shiv Prabha along with its volunteers and villagers will participate in the construction of the toilets.
How can you can help?
Every Rs. 2,000 contributed by you will help get us 10% closer to laying the foundations of a Swachh Bharat starting from each household.
What is the mode of payment you can use for your donation?
You can choose from the below mentioned options;
- Credit/Debit cards
- Net Banking
- AMEX card
- Wallets: PayTm/PayUMoney/Mobikwik /Payzapp
- International donors can use PayPal
Why aren’t we using government subsidies?
Although the NGO has applied for a government subsidiary, the funds will be to the tune of Rs. 12,000, much lesser than what is required to build 40 toilets. Once the government subsidy is received, Shiv Prabha will use the funds to build bathrooms.
Why are we working with Shiv Prabha Charitable Trust?
Until 2012, the village lacked road connectivity, electricity and clean drinking water. Shiv Prabha has aided the development of Lonwadi for the last four years.
They brought in solar light and street lights, proper tar roads have been built, irrigation pumps have been installed. Lonwadi got its first digital school under this NGO efforts.
What are we going to do to address behavioral issues?
Since the NGO has actively been working with the village for the last few years, volunteers already have a healthy equation will the villagers. The NGO’s volunteers will personally work together with the families to counsel them against open defecation.
This World Toilet Day, The Better India is supporting Lonwadi, a village in Maharashtra, to become open defecation free in just one month! The residents want to build a toilet in each home and secure a healthy, hygienic and dignified life for themselves. Please lend your support to the residents in their quest and help them get access to toilets, sanitation facilities and a healthy future like all of us.
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