Toilet is not a dirty word

Oyungerel Tsedevdamba takes a selfie in front of an outside toilet.
One of the community classes on toilet technology run by Local Solutions.

Better toilets = better lives

In Mongolia, Tsedevdamba believes that access to safe and reliable sanitation is a matter of life and death and not just from disease. Each year poorly designed toilets, claim the lives of children and the elderly. The toilets amount to outdoor huts, with deeply dug trenches with planks of wood balanced precariously above them.

An example of the pit toilet in Mongolia. Each year, people are injured or die in accidents involving these types of toilets, Tssedevdamba says.
“Let’s Change Our Toilets” campaign involved taking photos in fashionable clothing while inside a toilet.

Human rights no longer secret

Tsedevdamba grew up at a time when Mongolian society was communist “and there was no understanding of human rights.” She learned about human rights when she was in her 20s after receiving a “secret” document: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). She read that everyone had freedom of expression, the right to worship, and more. She decided everyone needed to know this and helped spread the word of human rights by talking about the UDHR to Mongolian nomadic herders in her native Khuvsgul province in 1990s.

The Local Solutions toilet training team jumping for joy during the “Let’s Change Our Toilets” campaign.

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