Health & Sanitation

Health & Sanitation

Leading life with strength and courage

Story Highlight: A small gesture of support can make someone feel that we care and this gives them the strength to fulfil their desires with their efforts. This was the approach adopted to help Balu’s family think ahead about having a better sanitation facility in their house.

Balu, 30, lives in the coastal village of Lati, 12 km away from Somnath.

Balu was born blind and was totally dependent on his father.  But, wanted to be self-sufficient and so, he learnt to weave the sleeping cot with jute ropes which are often used by the villagers in their courtyards. To encourage Balu, the villagers would often give him orders in exchange for some small remuneration.

Balu’s father worried about his son and never left him alone. Their house had no toilet and Balu would stay hungry when his father was traveling as he was afraid of going out alone.

One day GHCL Foundation Trust visited the village and made people aware of the importance of sanitation and reason why they should construct toilets in their houses. Balu’s father was interested but, the cost of constructing a toilet in the rocky coastal land was very expensive. Balu’s father dropped his plan for constructing a toilet in his house.

GHCL Foundation trust stepped forward and helped Balu’s father financially for constructing the toilet in their house. Since then, life has been very easy for Balu. Today his father is no more, but he made sure that after him his son is not dependent on anyone.

Balu has learned to lead his life well despite all odds.

in their house. Since then, life has been very easy for Balu. Today his father is no more, but he made sure that after him his son is not dependent on anyone.

Balu has learned to lead his life well despite all odds.

The joy of fulfilling family needs

Story Highlight: Trying to meet the expectations and fulfil the needs of those you love brings a pleasure that is priceless.

Sanitation is a basic need for every individual. There are still many people in our country residing in far flung villages for whom having a toilet in their houseis still a dream.

VegadGhughabhaiLakshmanbhai lives in a small village known as Victor situated in Rajula Taluka near the seashore of Gujarat. Some years ago, six members of his family lived in a kuccha house including his old mother. Ghughabhaiworked as a labourer along with his wife. The money they earned was not enough for the construction of a toilet.

Ghughabhaiwanted construct a toilet in his house especially for his old mother. The old lady had to go out everyday and she hada very weak eyesight.

Situation was such that often Ghughabhai or his wife had to take leave and stay back  athome so that they could take their mother out for toilet.  It was getting very difficult for them to continue in these circumstances.

One day he came across members from GHCL Foundation Trust who told him about the sanitation scheme for his village. He discussed with his family and decided to accept financial help from GHCL Foundation to build a toilet in his house.

With his efforts and the financial help he received from GHCL Foundation, he was able to construct a toilet in his house. Today his family members are very happy with the decision. For Ghughabhai, his dream of extending comfort to his family has been fulfilled and for him it is not less than a great celebration.

 

 

 

 

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