Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bhutanese Has a very Poor Toilet Habit.

Meolam Chenmo being the most awaited religious event in the Dzongkhag brings thousands of devotees from all works of life together. And as a Dzongkhag Toilet Ambassador, I have seen this time the perfect platform for me to give a trial based experiment to provide clean toilet for all.

Pit Latrine, the Bhutanese Soul 

However, for few days I and my volunteer team have been proudly and happily battling the responsibility to facilitate a 'clean toilet for all' with very limited resources in whatever ways possible. Even by covering some expenses from personal savings, thinking that we could help make a positive impact on their lives. 

But it wasn't a good turnout even after a constant remainders to use toilet mindfully. And even by safeguarding and trying hard by personally informing them about the impact of toilet. However, we saw our people so rude and carefree. They acted as if they were freshly transported from another planet without any values and ethics. 
Overview of Public Toilet for Zhemgang Meolem Chenmo
Toilet in Bhutan has a long story. It came long way though hiding behind the bushes, using stones and stick to wipe the anus to pit latrine then to pour-flush toilet and the new season of Smart Toilet System in 21ST century. But, where do we stand in figure on clean toilet policy for all? 

It has never capitalized and touched the heart of our people in clean toilet habits although it plays a vital roles in everyone's life. It is a long never upended problem we have around in our neighborhood. Although, toilet plays very important roles in everyone's life yet we see less people bothered and interested to take-up clean toilet habits. Everywhere you step in, you would see this problem standing and unsolved. The bigger challenges are on rise every year with increasing population with more rude minds. 

In making of VIPs Toilet.
Toilet in Bhutan has a bad impression from a long time ago. We are traditionally inclined so much in using bushes, stones and sticks to relieve ourselves. Aren't we rude to ourselves?  

As soon as we hear about the toilet, we have a very negative feelings about it - this and that! We feel so cheap to say 'TOILET', because we have never seen and used clean toilet system at home, community or in city. 

We never mind to invest thousands-and-thousands to buy smart phones to luxurious cars but not to a simple pour-flush toilet system at our home. What a big mindset we have in Bhutan?

Although there are endless clause made to fix this common problems for a long time ago, Ministry of Health collaborated with village health workers to fight for clean toilet for all yet the mission wasn't seemed successful. Honestly we are failing as a nation in proper toilet habits all day and all year. We have still long way to reach the goal of 'clean toilet for all.' 

Toilet Settings for His Holiness. 
Honestly, we live in a small compounded society and everything is still manageable. All we needed is a cooperative and civic minds. 

It seems that until we come up with policy which has a provision to impose a fine we will never experience a better toilet life. Until our mindset change for clean toilet, we will never experience a clean toilet habits. And bushes, stones and stick would remain a companion for a toilet purpose.  


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