According to the UN, nearly half of India’s 1.3 billion people don’t have a toilet at home. 

So, let’s get going!

Capture_Latrine_Working_Photo_IndiaCommunity members in Kuljing, India have been working steadily since the end of February to complete work on the first phase of their ambitious plans for wholesale improvement of sanitation in their region. So far, they’ve completed construction on 83 of their planned 103 toilets, with 7 to 10 people working construction daily in order to keep up with demand.

Originally, eight households in the community declined to participate, citing a lack of suitable land they could respectively spare. After witnessing the success of the new facilities’ implementation, however, each of the abstaining households have worked to secure the means or space to be included in the efforts, going so far as to buy land from their neighbors to make room.

Soon, all 144 households— totaling 686 individuals— in Kuljing with each have a toilet. Upon completion of the project, the Indian government will reimburse the community for the project’s expenses, the funds already earmarked to be reinvested in further community projects.

Thanks to your support and their hard work, the future is looking happy and healthy in Kuljing. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!

 

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