Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion
The Issues and the Need

Open defecation is a huge issue with India at the top in the world with largest number of people (597 million or 59.70 crores) practicing it, which particularly affects children and women in terms of their education, health and poverty status (http://www.indiasanitationportal.org/newsfeed-view.php?title=Mw==). In rural areas of Bharuch and Narmada districts, GVT has observed widespread practice of open defecation due to lack of household level sanitation units. Particularly in monsoon season, it leads to increased incidents of illnesses, and is evident in the large number of primary and higher secondary school children remaining absent in the classes. GVT works on promoting household as well as school level sanitation units in Bharuch district.

Program Objective

Following is the main objective of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion (WaSH) program:

  • To improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in households and schools in targeted villages of Bharuch district.
  • Following are the sub-objectives:
  • To generate awareness of safe sanitation in schools.
  • To promote making clean streets - clean villages.
  • To solve health issues, especially for women and children.
  • To make people aware about sanitation in the target villages.
Activities
  • Baseline survey to know the pre-project status of sanitation units in the target villages.
  • Use of Information Education Communication (IEC) materials to promote safe hygiene practices, including a film show “Let's make it rights for community”.
  • Animator and mason training activities.
  • Village and Falia (sub-village) meetings on importance of using sanitation unit, and disadvantages of not using the same.
  • Slogan writing on the walls in the villages to promote safe sanitation and hygiene practices.
Expected outputs and outcomes
  • Construction of sanitation units at the household levels through leveraged government funding.
  • Renovation of existing and construction of new sanitation units in schools.
  • Awareness among children and adults regarding importance of safe sanitation and hygiene practices.
  • Prevention of water borne diseases.
  • Increase in school children’s attendance (reduction in irregularity) due to prevention of sicknesses.
  • Improvement in quality education due to improved health.
Our supporters

FINISH Society and Charities Aids Foundation, New Delhi.

Positive impact

Direct impact on more than 40,000 girls, boys, women and men, and indirect impact on more than 1,00,000 people living rural areas.

Villages and Districts covered

About 100 villages of Bharuch district of Gujarat, and planning to expand further.