Sanitation

Generate meaningful understanding of community

There has been rapid progress on sanitation in India in recent years due to massive government investments. Despite large numbers of toilets being constructed, there have been several gaps at the ground level to achieve the true impact of increased hygiene levels in rural areas.

Some of these are

  • Permanent change in community behaviour is difficult to achieve
  • There are gaps in quality of infrastructure
  • Severe shortage of water in several regions of the country
  • Lack of money available for extremely poor households to make advance investment in toilets until government subsidies are reimbursed
  • Poor quality baseline surveys done in the past which do not reflect the actual status on ground
sanitation

Hindustan Talks's sanitation programme has following Objectives

Making village open defecation free (ODF) through facilitating household level toilet construction and ensuring their usage

Integrate school WASH program through facilitating hygiene promotion practices among children, teachers and SMCs

Focus on solid and liquid waste management

Focusing awareness on menstrual hygiene and its management among adolescent girls and women

Our Approach

  • 100% Coverage of households, schools and anganwadis within villages
  • Permanent change in hygiene behaviour including menstrual hygiene
  • Technical support for infrastructure
  • Convergence with Swachh Bharat Mission
  • Working on water issues simultaneously wherever possible
  • Facilitating poorest households to access financial services for constructing toilets

What have been done so far?

  • Over 175 villages/settlements achieved ODF status
  • Over 40000 households facilitated to construct and use toilets
  • Improvement in hygiene conditions in over 100 schools and anganwadis
  • Menstrual hygiene program in over 350 villages
  • Integration of water supply with sanitation program in over 100 villages
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