Happy Family

Mother and Daughter freed from fear

The importance of toilets in developing countries rarely makes headlines. Yet, poor sanitation contributes to 1.5 million preventable child deaths each year, and chronic diarrhea leaves many more children underweight and malnourished – vulnerable to illness and disease. Lack of privacy, or nearby facilities, also places children, particularly girls, at risk of being targeted by predators.

Maharasinandhini, age 8, is from a small agricultural hamlet in India. Her village, home to nearly 100 families, has just 26 houses with toilets. Thanks to Child Essentials donors, the lives of 20 families have been transformed by this simple, but critical investment that has brought safe sanitation practices, dignity, and privacy to their lives.


“My parents are used to going to the bathroom in the open fields and taught me to do the same. Now we have a toilet at home. We don’t have to go outside. Every time I needed to use the open field my mother would go with me. She was afraid somebody would kidnap me. We would never go out at night, fearing the worst. I am very thankful that CCFC has built us a comfortable toilet, and both my mother and I are not afraid anymore. We feel safe because it is private and walled off from the outside. Also, I learned from school that going to the bathroom in the open can spread diseases. I don’t want to fall sick and not be able to go to school, so a big

THANK YOU to CCFC for our toilet!” Maharasinandhini, 8, India

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