Jaipur,June 11(KMW): Drawing inspiration from one of Doordarshan’s flagship programmes ‘Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon’, 12-year old Dau Singh from Chomu in Rajasthan has motivated people in his village to stop open defecation and introduce healthy practices in their households. A piece of land belonging to Dau Singh’s neighbour would often be used by the villagers for defecation. The 12- year old boy showed the neighbours a few episodes from Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon and convinced them to construct a toilet for the family. This small initiative had a domino effect on the rest of the villagers and soon the entire village stopped defecating in the open.
Speaking about this change Dau Singh says, “When I watched the show, I was inspired to bring about the change in our village that Dr Sneha spoke of in Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon. We have managed to curb many diseases by freeing the village from open defecation. Our Sarpanch decided to construct public toilets across the village. Those who cannot afford to construct a toilet in their house use these public toilets. We need more shows like Main Kuch Bhi Sakti Hoon for a better society”.
Executive Director of Population Foundation of India Poonam Muttreja says, “Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon is a programme that talks to you youth like Dau Singh, who can lead change in their communities. It is very heartening to hear his message and learn that he has been inspired by the show to convince people to adopt a very important social change. Young people like him are champions who will lead the swachhta elaan (Call for cleanliness) that we call upon people across the country to imbibe in their lives”.
Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon, which is in its third season now, promotes women’s role in leadership and in introducing positive change in their communities. The show focuses on better sanitation and hygiene practices to promote good health, and better access to sexual and reproductive health for young people. Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon revolves around the inspiring journey of Dr. Sneha Mathur, a young doctor, who leaves behind her lucrative career in Mumbai and decides to work in her village. The show focuses on Dr. Sneha’s crusade to ensure the finest quality of healthcare for all. Under her leadership, village women find their voices through collective action.
Season 3 of Population Foundation of India’s “Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon- I, A Woman, Can Achieve Anything” is supported by the REC Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.