Besides governments, there are many other non-profit organizations seeking to alleviate some of the world’s problems caused by poor sanitation. Through the WTO, I met another impressive social entrepreneur, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the Sulabh International Social Service Organization. Sulabh builds affordable, eco-friendly and hygienic toilets in rural and urban India. It is the largest nongovernmental organization in India. More than 10 million people use a Sulabh toilet daily. Unfortunately, this is literally a drop in a cistern for a country with a population of 1.1 billion people and where 65 per cent still defecate in the open.

Willie ChengA noted writer in DOING GOOD WELL

Sulabh International showed me a good example during my recent visit to New Delhi. This organization has proved how effective small-scale solutions can be and how they can be extended all over India within a short time span. Thousands of ‘Pay and Use’ public toilet-cum-bath complexes and more than a million pour-flush latrines in private houses have been built (and are maintained) and they are used by more than ten million people everyday. By doing so, Sulabh has restored human dignity and given a new future to thousands of untouchables.

HRH Willem-Alexanderthe Prince of Orange of the Netherlands Chairman of the United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Advisory Board of Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) In Launch of International Year of Sanitation New York on November 21, 2007

I congratulate you on what you have achieved, which you richly deserve, for which there is no comparison. You have done such a great job and I would like to tell you that Dr Bindeshwar Pathak has brought about a revolution, a very big revolution. Financial revolution can come about and can be brought about, but to bring a revolution in the mind set of people is a very big achievement, a very difficult job which Dr Pathak has brought about.

Smt. Pratibha Devisingh PatilThe Hon’ble President (on 25th July, 2008)

Dr Pathak contributions are unparalleled and only one of its kind in the world.

Prof. Hidemi YoshidAssociate Professor Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan on March 11, 2015