Operation Toilets is a rolling series of projects expected to reach as many as 50,000 children by the end of 2016.
Lack of toilets in schools causes so many problems. First and foremost, the impact on adolescent girls is truly terrible. Many girls drop out of school altogether when they reach puberty. Others skip school when they have their period. Those who do go to school, choose not to drink water while at school so that they don't need to go to the toilet.
High levels of gastrointestinal disease means that many students - boys and girls - are absent from school on any given day. Think about it. If you had diarhea and your school had no toilets, would you turn up?
Our aim is to remove one of the reasons that girls drop out of school and one of the reasons for general absenteeism at school. In addition to building toilets we are committed to providing the students with appropriate WASH (including menstrual hygiene management for the girls).
We are also commited to a monitored regime of cleaning and maintenance. The host clubs in India will conduct random, unannounced visits and inspections at all schools and will provide assistance to schools that need to improve this aspect of their efforts to improve the lives of the children in their care.