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DURBAN – Extending its footprint in the field of low-cost sanitation outside India, Indian NGO Sulabh International Dec 5 said it will expand its operations to 15 African countries, including South Africa, to improve their sanitation facilities.

Addressing sanitation experts from across the world during the three-day ‘World Toilet Summit’ here, Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak announced the decision to launch intensive campaign in these countries soon.

“The situation in India is similar to the African sub-continent in matters of sanitation and Sulabh Shauchalaya Model can easily be replicated to improve sanitation facilities in these countries,” Pathak said.

He announced that Sulabh is going to construct five public toilets, 100 toilets in schools and 500 individual toilets in each of the 15 African countries.

The countries include South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Around 2.6 billion people in these countries have no access to safe and hygienic toilets, Pathak said in a statement.

Sulabh has already trained sanitation professionals of these African countries, he said, adding that they plan to implement the technology in 50 such countries where the sanitation coverage is less than 50 per cent of the population. The NGO also urged Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who had earlier announced plans to adopt Sulabh Model to fulfil his dream to provide sanitation to all, to take necessary steps.

Source : http://www.indiajournal.com/archives/32239 

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In order to provide proper sanitation facilities in parts of South Africa, NGO Sulabh International will construct 200 toilets and a training school around Mahatma Gandhi's Phoenix settlement in Durban.

"Sulabh International will open a vocational training school for the poor and marginalised people who are living around Mahatma Gandhi's famous Phoenix settlement at Durban where the Father of the Nation spent more than a decade during his South Africa stay," NGO's founder Bindeshwar Pathak said.

The low-cost sanitation NGO will also build 200 household toilets in the settlement, he said at the just concluded 'World Toilet Summit' in Durban.

A community toilet popularly known as Sulabh Shauchalaya would also be constructed and maintained to serve the needs of the population of the Phoenix settlement spread over hundred acres established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1893.

"The idea is to ensure a decent life to all those who live at Gandhi settlement," Pathak said.

He visited Gandhi settlement, interacted with local population and got first hand information about the lack of proper toilet facility there, the NGO said in a statement today.

Pathak met the authorities of the Gandhi Ashram located within the Phoenix settlement and assured them to build a vocational training school for the local population.

Pathak also met Mthembu Bo, Information Officer of Gandhi settlement and discussed about his plans.

He will approach the government to allow Sulabh to open a training centre near Kusturba Gandhi Primary School which was established by Gandhi's wife for the poor people of the settlement.

Source : http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/sulabh-to-build-200-toilets-around-gandhis-house-in-s-africa/90957/

 

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NEW DELHI: In order to provide proper sanitation facilities in parts of South Africa, NGO Sulabh International will construct 200 toilets and a training school around Mahatma Gandhi's Phoenix settlement in Durban. 

"Sulabh International will open a vocational training school for the poor and marginalised people who are living around Mahatma Gandhi's famous Phoenix settlement at Durban where the Father of the Nationspent more than a decade during his South Africastay," NGO's founder Bindeshwar Pathak said. 

The low-cost sanitation NGO will also build 200 household toilets in the settlement, he said at the just concluded 'World Toilet Summit' in Durban. 

A community toilet popularly known as Sulabh Shauchalaya would also be constructed and maintained to serve the needs of the population of the Phoenix settlement spread over hundred acres established byMahatma Gandhi in 1893. 

"The idea is to ensure a decent life to all those who live at Gandhi settlement," Pathak said. 

He visited Gandhi settlement, interacted with local population and got first hand information about the lack of proper toilet facility there, the NGO said in a statement today. 

Pathak met the authorities of the Gandhi Ashram located within the Phoenix settlement and assured them to build a vocational training school for the local population. 

Pathak also met Mthembu Bo, Information Officer of Gandhi settlement and discussed about his plans. 

He will approach the government to allow Sulabh to open a training centre near Kusturba Gandhi Primary School which was established by Gandhi's wife for the poor people of the settlement.

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डरबन/ दक्षिण अफ्रीका :  भारत की स्वयं सेवी संस्था सुलभ इंटरनेशनल जल्द ही दक्षिण अफ्रीका, केन्या, युगांडा, इथोपिया सहित अफ्रीकी महाद्वीप के 15 देशों में शौचालय बनाएगी।

ये शौचालय स्कूलों में तथा सार्वजनिक स्थलों पर बनाए जाएंगेे। महात्मा गांधी के प्रारंभिक जीवन की कर्मभूमि रहे डरबन में आयोजित शौचालय सम्मेलन को संबोधित करते हुए सुलभ इंटरनेशनल के संस्थापक व समाज सेवी बिंदेश्वरी पाठक ने यह घोषणा की।

इन अफ्रीकी देशों में मोजांबिक, बरकीना फासों तथा केमरन भी शामिल है। उन्होंने कहा कि सुलभ के इन अफ्रीकी देशों के स्वच्छता प्रोफेशनल को शौचालय बनाने की सुलभ तकनीकी में प्रशिक्षण दिया है।

डा. पाठक के साथ राजस्थान की मैला ढोने से मुक्त कराई गई महिलाओं ने भी सम्मेलन में हिस्सा लिया तथा बाद में डरबन के उस स्थान पर भी ये महिलाएं गई जहां कभी गांधी जी ठहरे थे कभी सिर पर मैला ढोने का काम कर चुकी भारत के राजस्थान प्रांत की तीन महिलाएं  अस्पृथ्यता और रंगभेद के खिलाफ आवाज बुलंद करने वाले राष्ट्रपिता महात्मा गांधी की प्रारम्भिक कर्मभूमि के रप में मशहूर डरबन में आयोजित विश्व शौचालय सम्मेलन का हिस्सा बनी।

सिर पर मैला ढोने के काम से मुक्त कराई गई तथा कई (अछूत) कही जाने वाली ये महिलाएं कल से शुरू हुए दिवसीय सम्मेलन में हिस्सा लेने के साथ ही उस ऐतिहासिक स्थल पर भी गई, जहां एक सदी से अधिक पहले महात्मा गांधी रके थे।

दुनिया भर के स्वच्छता विशेषज्ञों के जमावड़ा वाले इस सम्मेलन को संबोधित करने के लिए स्वच्छता क्षेत्र के गैर-सरकारी संगठन सुलभ इंटरनेशनल के संस्थापक डा. बिंदेश्वरी पाठक को आमंत्रित किया गया था।

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Extending its footprint in the field of low-cost sanitation outside India, NGO Sulabh International today said it will expand its operations to 15 African countries, including South Africa, to improve their sanitation facilities.

Addressing sanitation experts from across the world during the three-day 'World Toilet Summit' here, Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak announced the decision to launch intensive campaign in these countries soon.

"The situation in India is similar to the African sub-continent in matters of sanitation and Sulabh Shauchalaya Model can easily be replicated to improve sanitation facilities in these countries," Pathak said.

He announced that Sulabh is going to construct five public toilets, 100 toilets in schools and 500 individual toilets in each of the 15 African countries.

The countries include South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Cameroon.

Around 2.6 billion people in these countries have no access to safe and hygienic toilets, Pathak said in a statement.

Sulabh has already trained sanitation professionals of these African countries, he said, adding that they plan to implement the technology in 50 such countries where the sanitation coverage is less than 50 per cent of the population.

The NGO also urged Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who had earlier announced plans to adopt Sulabh Model to fulfil his dream to provide sanitation to all, to take necessary steps.

Source : http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/sulabh-to-extend-its-reach-to-15-african-countries/88742/

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Linfen in China offers a significant lesson to Indian cities. It convincingly shows that simple, but vital things such as public toilets are as critical as any large infrastructure project to make cities liveable. For long, Linfen was one of the worst cities in the world to live in. But, in the last four years, it has turned around dramatically, improved living conditions and recently won the UN-Habitat's international best practice award for the Asia and Pacific region. At the core of Linfen’s revival and the reason for worldwide attention is the ‘toilet revolution’ that began in 2008. Concerned by the poor quality and numbers of public toilets — only 12 of them for a population of 600,000 — the local government constructed and retrofitted 200 toilets in and around the city. Smart design has changed people’s perceptions and about 20 million use them every year. In contrast, Indian cities, which are grossly underprovided in terms of public toilets, have not shown any urgency to improve the situation. For example, Chennai, which needs about 6000 public toilets, has only 714, and Nagpur, which needs more than 3000 toilets, has 318. Even the existing ones are poorly maintained, badly located and hardly used. This persisting neglect has led to woeful sanitary conditions.

Providing toilets to the 15 million urban households that do not have them is a priority. Equally important is to provide toilets in public places. They are an integral part of the civic amenities and those who actively use the city need them. Organisations such as Sulabh International have done well to build low-cost and easy to maintain toilets, but they are constructed more to address the problem of inadequate toilet numbers at the household level. What is needed is a scaled up and concerted effort to improve the status of public toilets. Designs have to radically change and turn this everyday public amenity to an object of civic pride. Anti-vandal fittings, enhanced safety measures and aesthetically pleasing colours combined with better location, good maintenance and recycling of resources would help meet this objective. An inclusive city begins with the public toilet. There should be ‘potty parity’ — sufficient numbers of toilets for women users — and special needs for the disabled must be accommodated. Local bodies should compel all road building and civic projects to allocate space for this purpose. They could also try innovative schemes such as the one practised in the United Kingdom, where the government pays private establishments to keep their toilets open for public use. The health of a city is inextricably linked to its toilets and it is imperative to provide them in sufficient numbers.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/public-toilets-for-our-cities/article4256374.ece

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Durban, Dec 5:  Extending its footprint in the field of low-cost sanitation outside India, NGO Sulabh International is all set to improve the sanitation scenario of 15 African countries.

Addressing sanitation experts from across the world at the three-day World Toilet Summit here, Sulabh founder and renowned sanitation expert Bindeshwar Pathak said that in each of the 15 African countries, the NGO would construct five public toilets, 100 toilets in schools and 500 individual toilets. 

The countries include South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Sulabh has already trained sanitation professionals in these countries.

"The situation in India is similar to the African subcontinent in matters of sanitation and Sulabh Sauchalaya Model can easily be replicated to improve sanitation facilities in these countries," Pathak said.

He offered his services to the governments of all African countries which wanted to benefit from Sulabh's expertise. 

Sulabh International also urged Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to adopt the Sulabh model to fulfill his dream of providing sanitation to all.

In the target countries, 2.6 billion people have no access to safe and hygienic toilets. Sulabh planned to help in implementing its technologies in 50 countries over five years, where the sanitation coverage is less than 50 percent of the population, Pathak said.

Recycling and reuse of human excreta for biogas generation is an important way to get rid of health hazards, Pathak said, adding that the US Army had also shown interest in replicating the Sulabh public toilet system for war-ravaged Afghanistan and had asked for a detailed concept report.

Till date Sulabh has constructed and is maintaining nearly 8,000 public toilets. While maintaining the public toilets on a pay-and-use basis, the surplus income, if any, is used for socially useful activities like running vocational training centres catering to the needs of wards of scavengers, and promoting health awareness amongst slum dwellers.

Three liberated manual scavengers from Rajasthan are also attending the summit at Durban – the place synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi, who stated the crusade against racism and untouchability from here.

During their five-day stay in Durban, these women who were earlier called "untouchables" visited also visited the place where Gandhi stayed over a century ago.

Sulabh, which has liberated more than one million scavengers in the country, had launched an intensive drive in Rajasthan's Alwar district about eight years ago and finally succeeded in achieving complete eradication of age-old practice of manual scavenging from the district. Later Tonk was also selected and declared a completely scavenging free district.

The former scavengers are now engaged in small-scale industries that prepare eatables like papads, noodles and pickles. The money from the sale of the products helps the women lead independent lives.

Despite Indian laws abolishing the inhuman practice of manual scavenging, an estimated 100,000 low caste girls and women continue to manually remove human excreta in the country. Manual scavenging of human excreta was banned in 1993 by a law that also prohibited use of the unplumbed toilets that necessitate it.

Pathak founded the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation in 1970. This saw the launch of a social reform-cum-environmental upgradation movement to tackle the challenge of sanitation-related pollution that leads to environmental degradation and health hazards caused by defecation in the open and the use of bucket toilets.

Source : http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news%2FSulabh_to_improve_sanitation_in_15_African_countries-391045%2FINTERNATIONAL%2F13#

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नई दिल्ली ! कभी सिर पर मैला ढोने वाली तीन महिलाएं अस्पृशयता और रंगभेद के खिलाफ आवाज बुलंद करने वाले राष्ट्रपिता महात्मा गांधी की प्रारम्भिक कर्मभूमि के रूप में मशहूर दक्षिण अफ्रीका के डरबन शहर में आगामी चार दिसम्बर से आयोजित होने वाले विश्व शौचालय सम्मेलन में हिस्सा लेंगी।

कभी 'अछूत' कही जाने वाली तथा स्वच्छता के क्षेत्र के गैर-सरकारी संगठन 'सुलभ इंटरनेशनल' के प्रयास से सिर पर मैला ढोने के काम से मुक्त हुई ये महिलाएं डरबन में आयोजित पांच-दिवसीय सम्मेलन में हिस्सा लेने के बाद डरबन के उस ऐतिहासिक स्थल पर भी जाएंगी, जहां एक सदी से अधिक पहले महात्मा गांधी रहा करते थे। इस सम्मेलन में दुनिया भर के स्वच्छता विशेषज्ञ शामिल होंगे। स्वच्छता आंदोलन का अलख जगाने वाले सुलभ आंदोलन के प्रणेता बिन्देश्वर को भी इस सम्मेलन को सम्बोधित करने के लिए आमंत्रित किया गया है। डॉ. पाठक के प्रतिनिधिमंडल में राजस्थान के अलवर जिले की मैला ढोने के काम से पुनर्वासित दो महिलाएं श्रीमती उषा चौमर और श्रीमती रजनी नन्दा तथा टोंक जिले की डॉली परवाना शामिल होंगी।

डॉ. पाठक ने कहा इस तरह के कदम से जातिवाद से ग्रसित समाज से काफी हद तक सामाजिक अस्पृश्यता और भेदभाव मिटेगा। यह जातिवाद और अस्पृश्यता के घने अंधेरे को दूर भगाने की दिशा में एक शुरुआत होगी। इस तरह का कदम मील का पत्थर साबित होगा। उन्होंने कहा, ये महिलाएं इस मंच से दुनिया को बताएंगी कि वे अब अछूत नहीं रहीं। ये बताएंगी कि अब वे भारत में ऊंची जातियों के समान ही समाज की मुख्यधारा में शामिल हो गई हैं एवं उन्हीं की तरह जीवन जी रही हैं। दुनिया भर के गैर-सरकारी संगठनों के लिए एवं सार्वजनिक स्वास्थ्य के क्षेत्र में एक विशेष स्थान बनाने वाले डॉ. पाठक ने स्वच्छता प्रौद्योगिकी, सामाजिक उपम एवं भारत में लाखों लोगों के लिए स्वास्थ्य शिक्षा मुहैया कराने के क्षेत्र में सराहनीय कार्य किया है। खुद एक ब्राह्मण परिवार में जन्मे डॉ. पाठक कहते हैं, हमारा मुख्य उद्देश्य इन वंचित लोगों को समाज की मुख्य धारा से जोडना और उनके भीतर सम्मान की भावना जागृत करना है। सभ्य समाज में आज भी मौजूद सिर पर मैला ढोने जैसी शर्मनाक प्रथा को समाप्त करना बहुत बडी चुनौती है। गौरतलब है कि 'मैनुअल स्केवेंजिंग' की कुप्रथा समाप्त करने के लिए 1993 में कानून बनने के बावजूद देश में करीब एक लाख लड़कियां एवं महिलाएं आज भी हाथ से मैला साफ करती हैं और सिर पर ढोकर इसे अन्यत्र ले जाती हैं।

डॉ. पाठक ने कहा कि उनका संगठन भारतीय शौचालय प्रणाली को लोकप्रिय बनाने के लिए निकट भविष्य में विकासशील देशों में सार्वजनिक शौचालयों का निर्माण कराएगा। मैला ढोने की कुप्रथा समाप्त करने के महात्मा गांधी के विचारों से प्रभावित डॉ. पाठक ने 1970 में सुलभ इंटरनेशनल सोशल सर्विस आर्गेनाइजेशन की स्थापना की थी और सामाजिक, सह-पर्यावरण सुधार आंदोलन शुरू किया था।

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