PoopReport's charity drive for women's latrines in Uttar Pradesh


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  1. error404 says:

    If it was not for the caste system the world would be Indian.

    I firmly believe this to be true.

    It has blighted india at every turn.

    The upshot is that the country is blighted by remedial dynastic governmet.

    As Thomas Payne said “The idea of hireditary kings is as absurd as hireditary MATHMETICIANS”

  2. historyman68 says:

    “pit latrines in a squatter village”

    is it wrong for me to laugh at this no-pun-intended?

  3. mpb says:

    See also February 10, 2004 edition – http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0210/p06s01-wosc.html
    India’s new loos save lives

    Consider the Sulabh Institute’s Museum of Toilets. Tucked away in a working class neighborhood on New Delhi’s southwestern side, the Toilet Museum features exhibits donated by some 60 countries, and combines high ideals with low humor to get its point across.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/ la-fg-toilet6sep06,0,2934595,full.story?coll=la-tot-world
    From the Los Angeles Times By Bruce Wallace September 6, 2007 HASANPUR, INDIA [the story is archived somewhere. LAT search doesn't work on it.]
    Using shame to change sanitary habits
    A self-appointed monitor in India uses a whistle and flashlight to encourage villagers to use latrines, not fields.

    The E-Loo has been developed in southern Africa (developed by Dr. Brian La Trobe) as a minimal-handling system. Unfortunately, Alaska and the feds have not been interested in testing the system for our rural communities (not costly, cumbersome, and water/fuel wasteful enough?)

    The Eloo is a non-discharge dry sanitation system used as an alternative toilet, dry toilet, vault toilet, outdoor toilet, innovative toilet, holding tank with evaporative exhaust and evaporative toilet. While not a composting toilet.

  4. caipirina says:


    thanks for giving that extra info .. makes more sense now to me

  5. stuckinkiel says:

    I spent some time in a village without running water or latrines in rural Africa. The people relieved themselves in nearby fields there as well, but considered the practice to be normal rather than demeaning. Is there something about the lowest-caste girls in this region of India that makes things different there?

  6. caipirina says:

    why the strong emphasize on ‘girls’ .. don’t guys have to poo too?

    I know, the promise of a pic of the girl who is going to poo on your 250$ is more enticing than just some guy ..

    Overall, great effort.

  7. Agent 86 says:

    Let me guess: they aren’t allowed to use the higher-caste’s toilets?

    Having to hold it till night fall would sure cause a lot of accidents for me. That demeaning enough?

  8. jamesgyre says:

    I’ve heard that “humanure” (composted human shit) is a valuable commodity… so much in fact that in korea people compete with each other (in markets?) to build the most aesthetically pleasing outhouse (to try to attract end-users!)

    I’m not sure it is true, i’d love to find a link to it. mark dixon told me while we we’re shitting in buckets during this project.

    maybe this could offset the costs associated with these toilets?

  9. Santa's Knee says:


    The actual quote concerned legislators – please pay attention:

    “Thirdly, because the idea of hereditary legislators is as inconsistent as that of hereditary judges, or hereditary juries; and as absurd as a hereditary mathematician, or a hereditary wise man; and as ridiculous as a hereditary poet laureate.”

    Hereditary monarchs is actually a good idea for the monarchy – who better to teach a prince(ss) about how to be a king/queen than their parents?

  10. Antinous says:

    From my own travels in that part of the world, I’ll take the field over the toilet. If you’re 6’2″ and blond, you do draw a bit of a crowd, but at least the shit deposits of the last fifty millennia are dried out when they’re outside. There are some nasty toilets in the subcontinent.

  11. arkizzle says:


    “” The sun rose late on that December morning, illuminating hundreds of men squatting in the fields next to the tracks, mile after mile, their asses towards the train, pooping on the same ground hundreds of men had pooped on every single day before.

    Men only. Modesty forces women to poop in the fields before sunrise, or to hold it until after the sun sets. “”

    Now, I know we could just say it’s up to the girls to define the limits of their own ‘modesty’, but it’s just not that simple. If it was easy to do as you please, there would be no caste system, no untouchables, no invisibles. But there is.

    ‘Modesty’ is the same reason women in some islamic societies have to cover their bodies and faces. We don’t just say, “throw off the burqa, there is no law in the Quran about it”, we accept that the society in question dictates these norms, and that there would be much trouble if ignored.

    However, I for one am happy to call for these women’s daylight poop rights! (and ending the Indian caste system, burning burqas, letting Saudi women drive.. )

  12. jrtom says:

    Maybe I’m missing something…but we’re talking about girls who are attending a particular school, right? This implies that the school does not have toilets that the girls can use. (And the quoted article suggests that these toilets are going to specific girls and their families, although maybe that’s unintentionally misleading and the toilets really are for the school.)

    If so, would it make more sense to build toilets for the school first? (Toilets for individuals are all well and good, but you presumably get more bang for your buck by making them public, if that’s feasible. I am largely ignorant of the culture in this region, so I don’t know if this would be a non-starter for some reason.)

  13. agt says:

    #14 – Energy International provides cost estimates for Sulabh Shauchalaya toilet construction. They budget 18.6k rupees (US$450) for a 1-seat unit.

  14. Deanna Hoak says:

    There’s a news story today that shows why access to toilets may be particularly important for these girls: A six-year-old Dalit girl was thrown on a fire for using the bathroom in someone’s field.

  15. cousin229 says:

    Thank you Mr. Cory Doctorov !
    I am very glad you posted this project!
    I saw at th ePoopreport that the money pot is growing very fast!
    They could use the fertilizer on the fileds after it has degraded!
    To spread the word with BoingBoing is a great help to the girls and families of that area ..
    Thank you again.

  16. pork musket says:

    Thanks for posting this, I donated.

  17. rabican says:

    #10 – I think the idea is that when they need to go (morning and night), they’re at home, not at school, so the toilets are being built at their homes. It also sounds like the toilets are shared with neighbors as well.

    But, the comments section is getting fast follow-up, and I could be wrong – why don’t you ask and report back?

  18. Kobie says:

    I’ve been to India recently and $250 seems like a hell of a lot of money for anything, relatively speaking. Are you sure all of this money is gong directly to building an outhouse? Perhaps I’m completely wrong here, but in a country where people live off $2 per day, I wonder if somebody’s creaming a little something off the top.

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