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Sulabh International, the organisation that spurred a ‘toilet revolution’ in India, has planned to build toilets in 50 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

 “We are going to construct five public toilets, Sulabh individual toilets in 500 houses and biogas toilets in 100 schools in the respective countries,” said Bindeshwar Pathak, founder, Sulabh International, after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Rotary Club of Madras recently, for his outstanding contribution as a humanist and for being a social reformer, who has made a difference in the lives of many.

Pathak founded the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation in 1970 and launched a social reform-cum-environmental upgradation movement by taking up the challenge of the problem of sanitation related pollution leading to environmental degradation and health hazards caused by the practice of defecation in the open and use of bucket toilets.

Sulabh toilets have become a tool of social change and brought vast beneficial effects for society.

The Sulabh model has also been adopted by a number of countries, including China, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia for expansion and promotion of sanitation facilities.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, the environmental sanitation expert detailed about the steps he took for liberating manual scavengers.

“Our efforts towards breaking the caste system has helped in bringing about a social change in two villages of Rajasathan, wherein people hailing from the lower castes are dining equally with the upper caste people,” he claimed. 

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