Getting poor to use toilets a major health conundrum

We find this to be a reality check concerning our affluent lifestyle as Christians, and I would add here our palming off to the Federal Government and or to International Organizations our care of the unsaved poor, and even the poor, sick and elderly in our own churches and fellowships – Is a stench in God’s nostrils.   Understand that this does not fly before Jesus Christ and God. We are commanded to care for fellow believers first in our own churches and fellowships, and second in those churches and fellowships locally, third state wise, fourth in the US, and forth internationally.  We must needs take care of our house, our immediate neighbors, our neighbors locally, our neighbors nationally – seeing that the Gospel is obeyed and effectively executed that Christ be not made an open shame.  Our nation languishes, as American Christiandom in general seeks for themselves wealth and comfort and to live up to their eyeballs in the things of the world.  Many of these Christians have two and three lavish houses, three – five cars, five – seven television sets, as well as vast financial portfolios, and on and on.  All of this is in direct disobedience to Jesus Christ’s own example as to how His disciples are to live, as well as His words and commandments.  The Apostles confirm time and time again affirm the words and commandments of Jesus Christ. (Jesus words have not changed)  If thou desirest riches in the next life, sell off that which thou hast, give it to the poor with no strings and follow after me.  Yet for the majority of so called believers there are very sorrowful at these words and turn away for they have great riches and love them more than they love Jesus Christ and God. (God looks at this above all one’s bible study, prayer time and worship. – Understanding this the Apostles were astonished, they were filled with fear and said How can anyone then be saved? (Meaning even they themselves loved riches, houses and lands and the things of the world.) Jesus answered here with men this is impossible (Meaning it is not naturally in men to do such things and to live such a life) But with God all things are possible (Meaning that with the indwelling Holy Spirit we might be brought us into God’s will and desires and willing surrender our will wants and personal desires.) What we find here at large is that the many are not Christ’s disciples indeed, and do not want any of that at all, they desire Christ for fire insurance, to comfort them and make them feel good in their sin and corruption. These are camp followers and nothing else.

STOCKHOLM (AFP) — More than one billion people worldwide have no toilet and defecate outside, while some have to be shamed into changing their habits when presented with conveniences, a conference was told.

Humanitarian organisations have for decades tried various ways -- be it new systems, pumps or subsidies -- of getting people in developing countries to stop defecating outdoors due to the serious health risks concerned.

But despite their efforts, an estimated 1.2 billion people, primarily in Asia and Africa, still don't use toilets (These do not have running water and septic tanks, and more than likely do not have the land, or money to construct an outhouses) to defecate, a forum of experts meeting in Stockholm was told.

For many extremely poor people who are given toilets by aid groups, it becomes the most precious item they own (It seems that these well meaning aid groups need to consider giving a lot more things to the horribly poor before given them a bright white fiberglass or plastic outhouse, perhaps sacks of rice, bowls, eating utensils, cookware, perhaps tarps for their leaking roofs, or to cover their firewood.)  and therefore  (After receiving the most clean and beautiful thing these people have ever seen) they use it as a religious shrine (To honor their dead, or their gods) or a dry place to store firewood, international development consultant Kamal Kar said.

"What's becoming quite apparent is that the way you actually have an impact on health, development and poverty alleviation is when people adopt certain behaviours," Clarissa Brocklehurst, the head of UNICEF's water, environment and sanitation programme, told AFP.

In recent years, experts have found that the best method has been to shame people into using some form of toilets, even the most primitive sort (of people), to confine excreta.

"It's just a matter of getting them to understand that what is a long established habit is in fact harmful and that you can do something about it," said Brocklehurst, one of 2,500 experts meeting in Stockholm to discuss water and sanitation issues at World Water Week.

She cited the example of India, where 48 percent of the population, or some 665 million people, still practice "open defecation".

"We actually use shame. We go into communities and say to people: do you realise how fecally contaminated your community is?"

"We do 'walks of shame' where you take a group of people and you walk around and you say, 'look, here's some human faeces'," she explains. "And you do this community mapping where everybody comes and says where they defecate."

The maps then show that there's faeces spread all over the community.

"And you get them to realise how disgusting this is, to live in an environment that is totally contaminated," she said.

The sense of shame is then turned into empowerment, triggering community members to take control over their lives and come up with their own solutions that work for them.

"And once they start using a toilet, even if it's just a pit latrine, they refuse to go back to open defecation. So they begin to climb the sanitation ladder," Kamal Kar said.

Such community-based projects, called Community Led Total Sanitation, started a few years ago in Bangladesh and have been "wildly successful" and are now implemented in 28 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to Kar.

He stressed that eliminating subsidies was one of the keys to the success of the projects.

"Families were spending money on treating diarrhoea and other diseases but would not spend money on installing a toilet because they expected to be given money for that by aid groups," he said.

But removing that option prompted change, he said.