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In Todays Happy News Former Drug Addicts And Ex-Convicts From Norway Are Constructing Toilets For Women In Mumbai

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A group of former drug addicts and ex-convicts from Norway have set up base in Mumbai to construct public toilets for women. As part of their reformation, the group called ‘Back in the Ring’, turned into yoga devotees and have now also turned to social work.

The toilets in question are being constructed near the Bombay Central Railway Station and would most probably be accessible to the common public by next month.

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The group is being led by Alexander Medin, who took up this initiative as part of ‘karma yoga’, and has also worked on similar projects in Goa and Karnataka during their previous tours in the country. The whole initiative is jointly funded the Norwegian Chari table Organization-BITR along with the JSW Group. The corporate group will take up maintenance of the toilet on completion and ‘Back in the Ring’ is supposed to head back to Norway on 15th March.

The group stayed at the red-light area of Grant Road in Mumbai for most of their time in the city, only shifting to a modest hotel at Crawford Market recently. The horrible conditions also took a toll on their health as many suffered from dysentery and exhaustion, and one member even contracted pneumonia."The heat, the noise, and pollution - it all took a toll on us. However, we continued working on constructing the toilet. Each of us would reach the site at 10 am every day (from February 17) and finish our work at 5 pm," said Medin, founder of the group.

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Medin also is hoping that this project would also get some much needed attention from corporates and politicians who will realize the need of improvement in hygienic conditions and would grant the necessary funds to take this forward. "I wanted to use this project as an example. If some people from Norway, especially former drug addicts, can give their own time, energy and money to people they don't even know, we hope it will have a ripple effect among Indians," Medin said.

Another member of the group, Albin Bendu showed his appreciation for the project saying, "To be a part of this project has been a very rewarding experience. I am honoured to do this for the women of Mumbai."


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