In today’s world, what are a girl’s rights to have clean, hygienic toilets in school? In India, far too many girls don’t have that right. Girls are dropping out of schools due to a lack of toilet facilities.
HEEALS is working to provide Indian girls with this basic right, so often denied to them. Those who live in poverty, whether rural or urban, are suffering. Their health and their opportunities for a decent life are threatened by the simple lack of what most of us take for granted: a toilet and decent sanitation.
This video is about the need that the HEEALS program is addressing:
HEEALS operates on a shoestring, but their on-the-ground proactive approach is showing real results. As anyone who knows the primary requirements for health can tell you, sanitation is one of the most important. The industrialized world’s life expectancy did not improve until clean water became available to the masses, along with sewer facilities and toilets. In terms of health, the single most important invention in the history of humanity may be the toilet. But for the masses of India, the cost is out of reach.
There are certainly programs and foundations in the west that promote sanitation in places like India, but as described in the inset box above, the reality is that most money sent to such agencies does little to help the postcard-image people used to collect funding. In the case of HEEALS, virtually all money donated goes directly to programs that work. They are there, on the ground. They’ve done the research and they know what is most likely going to help.
They are hoping to implement a new campaign to reach a wider area. Right now, they’re looking for less than $4,000. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to most agencies, but those drops are enough to actually change lives. Look at what’s happened to Madhu, a girl who’d had no options in her life, but now has real hope.
The amount of money they’re asking for would provide around 115 toilets—but HEEALS understands how to make it go so much further. They can reach a hundred thousand people, and those people can help educate thousands more. That’s money well spent!
HEEALS empowers people! So please, go to their campaign page and toss a bit into the bucket. Your money will do so much more than fund some executive’s enormous salary or put money in the fund raisers’ pockets or marketing spin to make their organization look good so they can con you out of yet more.