52.1% of rural India’s population opts for open defecation, according to the NSS survey.
Given the deadly consequences of this malpractice, we can only imagine the sorry state of people who fall prey to the diseases borne out of it.
Amongst these million people, one of them was a child from Chennai.
Agathiyan studies in 7th standard in a school at Thethakudi in Nagapattinam district. Due to the problem of open defecation, he remained ill and as a result, couldn’t attend his classes.
How sad is that?
When this kept on happening regularly, his four friends inquired about his absence. When Agathiyan showed them his scars (aftermath of skin diseases caused by open defecation), they studied the problem and vowed to help their friend out.
Vassegaran, Rahul, Naveenraj and Harish shouldered the responsibility of helping out their friend.
They approached their class teacher, Berryman, who gave them ideas to construct a toilet for their friend.
Not only that, the four friends organised a rally on the Independence Day to promulgate the benefits of sanitation.
The rally stressed the importance of having proper toilets at home.
They collected enough money to buy the equipments for building a toilet. To avoid further expenditure, they decided to build the toilet themselves.
They mixed the sand and cement and constructed the toilet, with the help of their teacher.
Isn’t that incredible?
These kids set a brilliant example by their heartwarming gesture and our heart goes out for them.