Dignity in Old Age


Sarwar Mai, 60, from Kacha Naseer Wala Village in Punjab province, used to face the indignity of open defecation as she had no toilet at home. She said: “We used to answer the call of nature in nearby fields. Open defecation was very tough, especially for me as an old woman. I get tired and sometimes feel sick. We built the washroom so that our dignity is saved and it’s now made life easier.”

WaterAid organised a sanitation committee in the village and helped them raise awareness of the importance of good toilets and organise funds to build washrooms.

Sarwar Mai adds, “Now, we have two washrooms in our home. But we are also going to build a third one and we have given money to the WASH committee for its raw material already.”