Bhutan Toi­let Or­ga­ni­za­tion do­ing well de­spite chal­lenges

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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.

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