India’s Slum Children Use Visual Maps To Show Leaders How Hard Life Is Without A Toilet

Struggling Indian kids have heard their government’s promises, but they haven’t seen much action –- so they’re taking matters into their own little hands.

More than 65 million people reside in India’s slums, where children are obligated to shoulder chores and crises that typically belong to adults, but they get no say in how their quality of life could improve with feasible solutions.

That’s why children’s organization Humara Bachpan is encouraging slum kids to map out the failings of their neighborhoods — and how they can be fixed — in order to inform government officials, City Lab reported.

“I will make sure that the children’s matter is taken into cognizance,” Ananta Narayan Jena, mayor of Bhubaneswar, told the Asian Age. “And I will support Humara Bachpan and the child leaders to give all the necessities that they are seeking to get.”

Learn more about Humara Bachpan and how you can get involved here.

The Huffington Post