Anele Mdoda builds toilets for school children: ‘We grew up using these long drop toilets, they’re not alright’
Anele Mdoda. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES)
Media personality Anele Mdoda is a woman of
her own word.
Earlier this month she told Move! about her
mission to raise money and eradicate pit toilets in schools and she has raised
enough to build the first of many.
Speaking about her motivation to start the
initiative Anele explains that she was touched by a story she read about a
young girl who fell in a pit toilet and died.
“There are stories you hear and you become
so desensitised. But the story of Lumka Mketwa, a five-year-old girl who died in the
broken pit latrine of her school in Bizana touched me. I don’t even know her
mother,” she says.
Read more: Girl,
5, dies after falling into pit toilet at Eastern Cape school
The Eastern Cape-born radio and TV presenter says
enough with pit toilets because they’re not only unsafe but scary to use too.
Anele knows this all too well because back
home in the Eastern Cape, she grew up using these toilets.
“Just because we grew up using these long
drop toilets and turned out fine doesn’t mean they’re alright. The long drop is
scary,” she says.
Last year Anele was the campaign ambassador
for Domestos/Unilever and World Toilet Day. She has used her celebrity status
to call upon everyone to contribute
in raising R2,2 million after a successful campaign of raising R1,1 million
the previous year.
Primary school in Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape is the first beneficiary of
her efforts to rid school of the dangerous and unhygienic pit toilets.
“Kids can’t be relieving themselves in
pits. My biggest fear is for Alakhe to drown as well. I just imagine my own son
dying in a pit toilet,” shares the mother-of-one.
Even though she is leading the troops in
trying to do away with pit toilets in schools, Anele doesn’t downplay the help
she gets from Unilever and assistance from the national basic education
“I have asked Domestos to help me because
they have contacts. They were teaching hygiene to kids. I told them that it’s
pointless to teach them just about hygiene if they still use these toilets. We
also work with the national basic education. There are 2800 schools that need
toilets. 20 toilets per school,” she says.
This week Anele is on the ground to check
the progress. She shared her excitement and called on all those who can to
contribute so this initiative goes to all needy schools.
“Guys !!!! The toilets are standing !!!!
Almost done and I popped in to check out how the developments are going and I
am already on my next mission to install proper sanitation in two more schools.
Www.thundafund.com/discover/Anele - - - any sum that you can donate goes a long
way !!! No more pit latrines for schools in SA,” she posted on her Instagram