Human beings are supremely adaptable. Basically, we can get used to anything. For years there are villages which didn’t have means for proper sanitation that led to certain ways of disposing human waste, often considered unhygienic. Since the tolerance levels against these have grown higher, it took considerably longer time for the initiatives like Swach Bharat Mission to work. It now comes to attention that a healthy society must discourage open defecation and cultivate a habit of using sanitation facilities.
Like we are adaptable, we’re creatures of habit. Once we grow accustomed to a certain way of doing things, it soon becomes a process guided by the subconscious. Keeping this thought in the forefront, ICT HEALTH recently associated with the Swachh Bharat mission to provide proper means of sanitation in schools in the Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka and began to teach kids in rural India to develop a healthy habit towards maintaining good hygiene.
Not just sanitation in villages, many Swach Bharat initiatives at first might feel strange and even foreign because we adapted a wrong way to do things. But once we become accustomed to new way of doing things—be it sanitation or keeping the roads clean or our campuses green, it works.
We at ICT HEALTH continue to take these small steps towards clean India that could take a giant leap one day because we believe nothing else would do the trick but HABIT.