Jhapa, August 26:
Though 35 households of the marginalised Santhal community live in Tulachaun of Korobari VDC-1 in Jhapa district, only one family has toilet.
Except the family of Hopna Mardi, no other family in the settlement has toilet. â€œWe have no money to construct toilets,â€ said Sutrung Beshra, a member of the community. â€œSince we have been facing hardship to eke out a living, building toilets is nearly impossible for us.â€
Beshra has three members in his family. All of them go to open fields and rivers to answer the natureâ€™s call. They said Mardi managed to construct the toilet as he went abroad for work.
â€œMore than 4,000 of Santhals live in the VDC.But very few of them use toilets,â€ said Bhola Khatiwada, a local teacher. â€œSeveral NGOs launch programmes in the name of poor and needy people. But they have not done anything for Santhal settlement,â€ he said.
Most of the Santhals are living in public land. â€œHow can we build toilets on our own when we are facing difficulties to eke out a living?â€asked a local woman.
She also said that younger members of a family should not use the same place as toilet used by the elders, according to the Santhal tradition.