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Eliminating Open Defecation from the World

Today's post is about a young Indian girl called Babli. She must be around the same age as my 6-year-old son Rishab. Like any other girl of her age group, Babli too wants to enjoy childhood. One could tell merely by looking at her that she is raring to take on the world.
But Babli is poor, er, very poor.
When I first met Babli, I asked her what she wanted to become when she grew up. She choked with emotion speaking about her biggest desire."I would like to be a teacher, but I have to be able to live long enough." She is often forced to miss her lessons due to diarrhea. Children like her frequently fall ill because of the lack of proper hygiene and sanitation. Her problem is made worse by the fact that she doesn't even have access to a toilet. Left with no other choice, she gets up every morning - before the crack of dawn - and is forced to defecate outside. Making it even harder to stay healthy and safe.
And you'd hope Babli's case was probably one-off. Now…