Village student used her Scholarship money to build a Toilet to help the entire Village

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Anita, a 21-year-old BSc student learned about the ill-effects of open defecation and built a toilet for her family with the money she received as a scholarship from the SC welfare department.

Anita, a resident of Guradiya Varma village at Aashta block in Madhya Pradesh brought an end to her family’s habit of defecating in the open by utilizing her scholarship funds for constructing a toilet.

She learned about the ill-effects of open defecation this May when an NGO conducted a Swacch Bharat Mission in her village.

She spoke to her family about the harmful effects and requested her father, Ramlal, to build a toilet. Her father, however, declined the idea because of severe financial constraints.

Ramlal earns a living as a daily wage labourer. The family’s only possessions is a two acre land and two buffaloes.

Anita refused to give up and was steadfast on her decision to build a toilet. She took the advice of the NGO on ways to make a twin-pit toilet and dug a pit in the backyard of her house.

Coincidentally, she found that she had been credited Rs 4,999 by the SC welfare department as scholarship for her fees. Since her father already bore the cost of her fee in the beginning of the year, Anita decided to use Rs 3000 from the amount she received to build the toilet.

She now has a toilet in her home and has helped not just her family but the entire village. Taking inspiration from her efforts, the village currently has 70 toilets for 600 families.

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