Sulabh International is an Indian based social service organization which works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, and non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. The organization counts 50,000 volunteers. Sulabh International is the largest non-profit organization in India. Sulabh was founded by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak in 1970. Innovations include a scavenging-free two-pit pourflush toilet (Sulabh Shauchalaya); safe and hygienic on-site human waste disposal technology; a new concept of maintenance and construction of pay-&-use public toilets, popularly known as Sulabh Complexes with bath, laundry and urinal facilities being used by about ten million people every day and generates bio-gas and biofertilizer produced from excreta-based plants, low maintenance waste water treatment plants of medium capacity for institutions and industries. Other work includes setting up English-medium public school in New Delhi and also a network of centres all over the country to train boys and girls from poor families, especially scavengers, so that they can compete in open job market.
In Sulabh International's premises in Delhi, the company runs a museum dedicated to the history of sanitation and toilets. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, a pioneering non-profit voluntary organisation (NGO) in the field of Sanitation in India, envisioned the need for the setting up of a museum of toilets in the sprawling campus of his central office at Mahavir Enclave, Palam Dabri Road in New Delhi, India and has consultative status with Economic and Social Council of the U.N.The idea engaged his mind for long, eventually leading him to make hectic worldwide search for minutest details of the evolution of toilets, as also of various toilet designs used in different countries at different points of time.
The Museum has been established with the following objectives:-
• To educate students about the historical trends in the development of toilets;
• To provide information to researchers about the design, materials, and technologies adopted in the past and those in use in the contemporary world;
• To help policy makers to understand the efforts made by predecessors in this field throughout the world;
• To help the manufacturers of toilet equipment and accessories in improving their products by functioning as a technology storehouse; and
• To help sanitation experts learn from the past and solve problems in the sanitation sector.
Source: http://www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org/ & Wikipedia
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