Our first toilet!
Our one small step may turn out to be a leap for humanity pretty soon. We come bearing good news – our first toilet has been installed in village Anwal in Rohtak! The toilet model, named ‘Eco Junior’ has been installed in Girls Government High School, and the best part is that it’s the first of its kind in India.
The toilet has all the features we had planned in our model – a prefabricated structure, a blackwater treatment system, along with features like automatic flushing, lighting, and floor cleaning. Since this toilet is specifically for girls, it is also equipped with a sanitary napkin vending machine and napkin incinerator. And the best part? The roof of the toilet has solar panels, which fulfil its energy needs. Which means good sanitation, but not at the cost of the environment.
The cleaned and treated water from the toilet is reused for gardening purposes, creating a cycle of sustainable resource use. In line with this, we planted plants in front of the toilet which serve as a reminder of our responsibility towards the environment. We believe that good solutions to social problems should not compromise other spheres of our sustenance.
We organized a workshop for students and teachers demonstrating how to properly utilize the various features of the toilet, like the napkin vending machine and the automatic flushing. Health was also a prime focus as we talked with them about not just sanitation but also about hygiene in general. In the end, we conducted a painting competition for the students where we gave out prizes.
We are glad about our beginning – it’s a good start to a long journey. Mere installation of toilets is not our goal; we know that change – whatever be its magnitude – has to come from every small action and every small part of our community. That’s why it’s important to create awareness along with bringing technological instruments of change. We hope our way ahead keeps getting marked with such milestones. The steps may be small, but with enough steps, we could change a nation.