A hero is an ordinary individual who is selfless, who is generous in spirit and gives back as much as possible to help people. It’s rare to find people who go beyond their comfort zone to bring about a change in their surroundings, or in their society. PG Sudha is one such person, who helped build 497 toilets for a tribal colony called Kunjipara in Kerala.
PG Sudha’s efforts led Kerala to become an open defecation free state in November 2016. Being a forest officer, she went beyond her way to do things which even the government officials couldn’t. Constructions of most of these toilets weren’t that major of a task as the government did allocate funds for it. But the major problem was the transportation of raw materials and workforce from urban sites to the village. That’s when Sudha entered the scene and helped the village. Thus her devotion and dedication to her work made her favourite among the tribal settlers of Kunjipara.
In an interview to The New Indian Express she said “Though people here can afford a toilet, the colonies had none. That is because they are comfortable with open defecation. Secondly, construction of toilets is not an easy task, since bringing building materials from outside is a herculean task.Life is tough in these tribal colonies, where facilities are minimal as compared to other parts of the area. One has to walk for three hours to reach the tribal settlements.” We salute her dedication and we hope that more people like her step forward and go beyond their comfort zone to bring back humanity and humility on this planet.