Bhutan Toilet Organization doing well despite challenges
Bhutan is considerably a very beautiful country with the good Mother Nature but in the recent times people are more vulnerable to development but least concern about the surrounding nature. Bhutan being a traditionally preserved country has lots of especial festival likes Tshechu’s, Drubchen, Lhabab Duechen, Losar and many more. These festivals are not only a joyous occasion but gather a huge number of people having its own challenges.
The main problem faced till date with this huge gatherings was sanitation problems. No matter how much the City and the Thromde trying to make proper sanitation for the pub- lic but there are always challenges like people doesn’t seems to use the given toilet properly or doesn’t even use the toilets. Sometimes it so happens that there are no toilets at all.
Therefore looking at this dilemma, Bhutan Toilet Organization (BTO) was founded in 2014 informally, inspired by World Toilet Organization (WTO). This organization became one of Bhutan’s first non-profit organizations.
The vision of BTO is “Clean Toilet for all” and with this vision, BTO sets up their own objectives and its primary objectives are to conduct public toilet cleaning and ownership building campaign, organize save the toilet campaign and organize clean Dzong Toilet initiatives among others.
There are also other secondary objectives which are also as important as the primary objectives in the organization.
In the blog of the Executive Director of BTO, Passang Tshering has said that he became the member of WTO (World Toilet Organization) and perhaps he was the first one from Bhutan.
After the organization start functioning, BTO now has gained much attention and appreciation from the public, which the founder feels is due to the huge inspiration and trust on him and his team from His Majesty The King.
Thus Passang also got the name “Chablop” which means ‘Toilet Teacher’ was a title given to him by His Majesty The King for his commit- ment in keeping and advocating the importance of clean toilets around the country.
BTO has successfully established toilet clubs in all ten colleges under Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) and has unanimously decided to observe October 8 as University Toilet Day.
Passang left his former prestigious job as a teacher at Royal Academy, Paro to fulfill his dream which he so passionately followed. The staff of BTO today survives on minimum salary, which comes from donation from their friends and well wishers but they manage to survive with satisfaction for bringing a change in the society.
There are challenges everywhere and likewise BTO too had many obstacles in trying to achieve its mission. The common obstacles faced by the organization is that the toilet no matter how much they try to keep it clean but the next day it would be in the same condition. This probably is due to lack of untrained people who looks after the toilets.
Ugyen Dorji, a spectator at the recent Kanjur oral transmission at Kuensel Phodrang said “In the past days if we have such gatherings we wouldn’t be able to stay much in the area due to smell of toilets but now as initiative done by BTO we are very fortunate that there are people who are concern about the health and sanitation of people.”
He also added that due to establishment of this toilet he no longer seen people littering and making mess in the forest and in the surrounding areas.