Whenever we find any loopholes in our government system we often complain and whine about them continuously until we get bored. And do it again and again. But none of us actually do anything about anything that we don’t like in this country, or your city or even village. But here’s an inspiration for all of us. Musaharu Ram who is a 50-Year-Old visually impaired man who not only proved to be a hero for his village but also set an example for the rest of us.
The problem of solid washrooms is getting solved widely these days. It was such a shame of the country that more than half of villages didn’t even have toilets and people that also includes women had to go into the open. This problem bothering Musaharu Ram too like the rest of the people of the village. They all approached the government for help and was waiting for them to do help them build toilets in their village. But one-day Musaharu Ram got tired of waiting and decided to do something on his own. This visually impaired man took things on his hands and started working on it.
He says, “When people first came to talk about the toilet, I understood how important it was. Open defecation becomes very problematic during the rains. Our whole hamlet used to submerge.”
He adds, “Life went on like that, but I thought there should be at least a toilet for my daughters, considering their prestige and honor. And so I decided to build a toilet.”
The Sarpanch of the village, Lakshmi says, “It all started five months ago when toilet construction started in the village under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Almost all villages built toilets. Our challenge was Tamua Tola, where mahadalits lived. Musaharu Ram proved to be a good motivator.”
The 50-Year-Old visually impaired man lost his eye-sight at the age of 22 due to glaucoma. But even his inability to see wasn’t enough to stop him from being the hero of his village. He feeds his family of two daughters and a son by singing and taking alms.
“I can’t see, but I feel the honor and respect given to me for this noble cause,” says Musaharu Ram.
It is very important for every village to have toilets due to many reasons. “There is evidence to suggest that water sanitation and hygiene practices are associated with child growth. Open defecation is also directly linked with stunting and malnutrition in children,” observes Rajeev Kumar, WASH Officer, UNICEF, Bihar.
Well, what this man did is truly appreciable and we hope everybody learns from him. The way he never let his inability to see in between his passion, it speaks a lot about how courageous he is. This nation needs more hero like him for the betterment of its own!