I hope that this note finds you all doing well and enjoying the holidays! It's hard to believe that 2019 is coming to an end. I'd like to share some end-of-year updates with you all.
We opened another facility in Jharkand at the end of October. The toilets at this facility are being used by hundreds of people every day, and we are distributing over 20,000 liters of safe drinking water each week. We are thrilled that our services are being used by so many people already, and are excited for our impact to continue growing.
We also kick started our work in Assam in early December. Assam is the third state in which we are now operating. This project has been funded by the Starbucks Foundation as Starbucks sources much of its tea from Assam. Our work will help ensure that tea garden workers have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Finally, The Better India made a wonderful video highligthting our work. This video features SHRI's co-founders, Chandan Kumar and Prabin Ghimire, and does a wonderful job showcasing our model. Please feel free to take a look and share!
As always, I'd like to thank you all for your continued support. We are lucky to have supporters such as you, and look forward to sharing our story with you in 2020!
Happy new year!
Sep 30, 2019
SHRI Project Report Fall 2019
By Anoop Jain - Founding Director, SHRI\
Dear Friends of SHRI,
Thank you, as always, for following our progress. I am excited to share some updates with you.
We had another very successful summer. First and foremost, we made tremendous progress on the construction of our two new facilities in Jharkhand. We are hopeful that both of them will be opening later this fall (mid-October). These facilities will improve access to toilets for nearly 2,000 people. We will also be distributing safe drinking water from both of these facilities, thereby ensuring access to another essential WASH service.
We also completed two research studies. The first was a willingness to pay study that will help us better price our safe drinking water in Bihar. This study was conducted by Drew Cameron, a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley. Drew is in the midst of analyzing these data. Additionally, I worked closely with Caleb Harrison, a MPH candidate from the University of Michigan, to conduct 40 in-depth qualitative interviews to examine the need for shared sanitation facilities in communities where households do not have enough land or money to build their own toilets. We look forward to sharing the results from both of these studies with you soon.
We will be launching our end of the year crowdfunding campaign in November, and will share an update at that time. In the mean time on behalf of the entire SHRI team, thank you for your continued support!
Jun 27, 2019
SHRI Project Report Summer 2019
By Anoop Jain - Founding Director, SHRI
Dear Friends of SHRI,
Thank you, as always, for following our progress. With summer well underway, I am excited to share some updates with you.
I just returned from Jharkhand, where we are currrently operating two facilities, and building two more. I cannot begin to express just how impressed I am with our team there. They have done a tremendous job in maintaining our existing facilities, which are used nearly 1,500 times per day. Our construction teams are also working incredibly hard in the midst of an awful heat wave to ensure that the new facilities are complete by the end of the summer.
We are also about to start laying the ground work for another new facility in Bihar, that will be funded by UNICEF. This facility will be located in the Gopalganj district, and will serve a community that currently does not have access to sanitation. Our aim is to begin construction on this site by the end of the summer.
Your continued support helps us demonstrate to foundations and partners that we have a incredibly strong support network, which encourages them to fund our work. We are grateful for this, and look forward to a very strong 2019.
On behalf of the entire SHRI team, thank you for your continued support!