Singer, songwriter, and actress Mandy Moore is teaming up with Population Services International (PSI) and noted philanthropist Indrani Goradia in India from Sept. 7-11, 2015 to help show how improving health initiatives in India are improving the lives of girls and women, and building stronger families, communities, the country and its economy.
Actress, singer/songwriter and PSI Global Ambassador Mandy Moore traveled to Bihar, India to discuss options for sanitation with women and their families. Less than 1 in 3 people in Bihar have access to sanitation. PSI is helping to facilitate microfinance loans and coordinated service delivery to bring dignity and safety to those seeking a toilet.
In Masnapur Village in Bihar, India, Sushma’s 12-year-old daughter Shula tells actress, singer/songwriter and PSI Global Ambassador Mandy Moore that the best thing about having a toilet is being able to lock the door. Girls and women suffer harassment, and often worse, when they relieve themselves openly in nearby fields, they expose themselves and their communities to health issues. PSI offers multiple types and financing for individuals seeking to own a toilet.
A farm worker from India’s Ravidas community at Ganjtola, Sanita Das, uses the first toilet ever in her village, put there as part of a PSI pilot program helping to build 16,000 toilets. Men would sometimes throw stones at her and other women when they would relieve themselves in the field and says she’d rather be paid with a toilet than rupees, though she currently labors in exchange for rice.
Sushma’s husband came across their 5th grade daughter, Shalu, relieving herself in someone else’s field one day in India’s Masnapur Village. His own shame and hearing the verbal abuse from others motivated him to purchase a toilet through PSI’s social enterprise program responsible for funding and building more than 16,000 toilets.
Preeti, a married, mother of two from Masnapur Village in India, leads actress,singer/songwriter and PSI Global Ambassador Mandy Moore to the toilet she.pressed her husband and his family to purchase. PSI has helped build and finance more than 16,000 toilets in the Bihar region of India..
A woman from Daniawan in Bihar, India, Anita Devi, says she joined several other women in her town to purchase a toilet because “it gives dignity and respect to girls.” PSI launched a social enterprise in the region to help fund and build more than 16,000 toilets.