A very measly percentage of the population, especially in the villages, have access to toilets, which paints a grim picture about the sanitary awareness and infrastructure in the country. The WHO study reveals that such unhealthy conditions contribute immensely to the occurrence of 80% of diarrheal diseases through contaminated water from open defecation.
We realized the grave situation, and took up the project of constructing community toilets and soak pits. Our CHFs are employed into spreading awareness on essential hygiene in schools and communities, along with monetary incentives for each toilet erected. The CHFs are trained in mobilizing community participation, facilitating linkage between communities and the government schemes and monitoring utilization of toilets.
We facilitated and constructed 8300 household level toilets in Bihar, Odisha and Telangana in partnership with Public Health Engineering Department, National Rural Health Mission, FINISH and Cashpor.
We have also initiated pilots in setting up biogas units and smokeless cook stoves in Bihar and Orissa.