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The Wisdom of a Janitor

How can we empower Janitors? By first recognizing their practical wisdom and connecting potential

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There's a lot more to being a Janitor than cleaning the toilet. Let's leverage and honor the presence of these everyday heroes to make any sanitation solution work.

If you have any doubts about the pressing necessity of this change in status listen to Lakshmi Devi's heartbreaking story:

A janitorial apprenticeship for everyone (even for one day) is a good idea. This change of attitude is similar to the need to change how we view flush toilets.

Who could implement this?

  • Local entrepreneur
  • Multinational company
  • Large NGO
  • Government
  • I would!


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Thanks for the link Meena. This is telling: "Children thanked Pourakarmikas in their schools, ward health offices and in their neighborhoods across a week. Many of them were moved to tears – no one had thanked them in decades of service."

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