Is open defecation good or bad? This was the topic of the debate we had on January 17th, 2020.
During the debate, we had two groups, one who said open defecation is good because it is easy, comfortable, affordable and accessible while the other group said it was not. They said so because of the effect it has on the people where they mentioned typhoid and cholera as one of the main results of open defecation.
At the end of the debate, Chad Brooking, the founder of ChandyLoos Foundation and a water and sanitation expert, spoke to our women about the negative impact of open defecation and why it is important to build toilets. He also spoke extensively about how to set low-cost toilets and how feces can be converted into compost for agricultural purposes if properly collected. He also spoke about the need to wash hands before eating and cooking very importantly.
Our women have made the commitment to set up small toilet facilities that they and their children can use when they are at home. This is because they are now very aware of the negative impact of open defecation. They also now know why their children are mostly affected by typhoid and cholera.
Having these debates and creating a room for our women to speak up has really opened a new door for experiential learning for them.