Poor Hygiene is one of the main reasons that are responsible for poverty and an unhealthy quality of life. Lack of better sanitation facilities also hampers human productivity and economic growth. According to World Bank, in 2013 one out of every 3 persons had no access to toilet and the annual economic loss due to lack of sanitation facilities was estimated to be $ 260 billion. A country with about 52% of the world’s one billion open defecators is from India (Census 2011).
Issue – Lack of proper sanitation facilities in schools in rural areas of India. This also leads to children dropping out from school, especially among girls. Other social issues such as child marriage or child labor also has a direct connection to missing sanitation facilities in school.
Our Solution– Focuses on 2 aspects: Infrastructure and Behavioral Change
Our Target– As pilot project, focus on one high school in rural areas of Vizianagaram District
Our Input– Funding Infrastructure and Triggering Behavioral Change Activities
(Developing short video clip, Initiating social media campaign, Meeting with Township authorities, Meeting with local villagers, Networking with existing NGOs)
IEC Campaign on schools by using poster, pamphlets.
Construction of Toilets using crowd funding and tapping government funds.
Toilet Design – Two pit toilet design
Formation of Student clubs with both boys and girls in the school
Formation of girls collective group in the Village to include girls not in school
2 Training or awareness raising activities to school students, teachers, community, village representatives in school welcoming activities.
2 Functional Toilets with 4 Urinals in school
Students club in school
At least one girls’ collective in village
2 times of information, awareness and school’s participation in school
Short Term Outcome: Improved Sanitation Coverage, Literacy Rate and high level of WASH awareness
Expected Impact:100% access to functional toilets, positive spillover effect on community, also promoting gender equality and empowering adolescent girls, creating a healthy and educated generation.