Bhutan Toilet Org’s Mission

Informally founded in 2014, the organisation’s objective is to inspire and empower individuals and communities through education, advocacy and social initiatives about toilet culture. The organisation started managing public toilets during major events like religious ceremonies and public gatherings.

Bhutan Toilet Organisation (Source: http://www.bbs.bt)

 

The poor conditions of public toilets in the country has been a topic of discourse for some people- most often, informally. Passang Tshering, the executive director of BTO said that there were many complaints about the conditions of toilets in Bhutan but there was no governing body to look into this matter, thus he took things into his own hands and established the Bhutan Toilet Organisation (BTO) in 2014.

Since then the situation has changed for the better. The BTO, one of Bhutan’s first non-profit organisations, has committed to building a sensible toilet culture in the country. For the past three years, Passang Tshering and his team of over 1,000 volunteers have cleaned up more than 60 public toilets and provided portable toilets at many major events in Bhutan.

Mission of Bhutan Toilet Org

Informally founded in 2014, the organisation’s objective is to inspire and empower individuals and communities through education, advocacy and social initiatives about toilet culture. The organisation started managing public toilets during major events like religious ceremonies and public gatherings.

Besides cleaning the public toilets in the country, the BTO has also set up portable and removable toilets made out of wood and traditional interlocking system.

“We built three different types of portable toilets to be used during festivals, all wooden or ply board. And they are doing well but they are not built to last or they not suitable for certain places,” said the Founder of BTO, Passang Tshering.

When it comes to budgeting, he added, they are not yet sustainable as all their funding comes from projects and donations which will be exhausted once the projects are over.

Sustainable portable toilets

“Now our major project is coming up, importing real portable toilets and once we have that, we don’t think money will be a problem because during national events, emergencies and any events across the country, we will use those toilets,” said the BTO’s Founder.

“And from events like trade fair and private organised events, we will charge and make money out of that.”

BTO also plans to install toilet facilities along highways and upgrade existing public toilets, ensuring that they are friendly to women and the handicapped.

Today, the organisation has ambassadors in all the dzongkhags to manage sanitation facilities. It also introduced toilet clubs in some colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan.

According to a report by Thomson Reuters Foundation, the proportion of Bhutan’s population with access to improved sanitation stands at 70 percent now, a clear improvement from 58 percent in 2010. 

Would you like to help Bhutan Toilet Organization? Please check them out at - http://bhutantoilet.org/

By Pema Seldon Tshering & Pema Tshewang (This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on BBS.

 


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