ASEAN Ladies Circle visits Sulabh International Social Service Organisation

On 24 November 2017, Datin Rosie Hidayat, Spouse of the Malaysian High Commissioner and Chair of the ASEAN Ladies Circle (ALC), and M.L. Piyawan Gongsakdi, Spouse of the Ambassador of Thailand and host of the activity, led 18 members of ALC to visit the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation in order to learn about Sulabh’s work in promoting human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. The trip is inspired by the visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, to Sulabh in July 2017.


Datin Rosie Hidayat, Spouse of the Malaysian High Commissioner and Chair of the ASEAN Ladies Circle (ALC) and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation


M.L. Piyawan Gongsakdi, Spouse of Thai Ambassador and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation


Ms. Moniroth, Spouse of Cambodian Ambassador and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation


Ms. Phan Vinh Khanh, Spouse of Ambassador of Vietnam and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation


Ms. Patricia Teh, Spouse of Singapore High Commissioner and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation

During the 3-hours spent at Sulabh, ALC ladies experienced various technological innovations of Sulabh, including Sulabh public toilet complexes, biogas technology, effluent treatment system, different designs of Sulabh toilet, duckweed based waste water treatment, solid waste management, and the two-pit system toilet. Each technology is simple yet meets people’s basic needs for sanitation.


Visiting Sulabh public toilet complexes


Visiting effluent treatment system


Visiting biogas technology


Visiting different designs of Sulabh toilet


Visiting the two-pit system toilet

Apart from technology, ALC ladies also visited the Sulabh Public School and spent time with students in the beauty class for henna hand-painting.

They also visited the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets to learn about the importance of the toilet to the mankind since historical times.

A half-day visit at Sulabh International Social Service Organisation is truly worthwhile for the members the ALC to learn the success of a premier Indian NGO on tackling the sanitation problem. This could be considered as a small yet important part of the emerging New India 2022.

Royal Thai Embassy
24 November 2017