Currently 22,822 waste scavengers live in the worst conditions in Tamil Nadu state of south India. The mostly women scavengers fall victim to dreaded diseases because they manually dispose of raw sewage and human waste. Illiterate and ignorant of health knowledge, they have no choice but to do this hazardous work for bare subsistence wages. They are stigmatized and their children are forced into the same hazardous and degrading livelihood. This creates a vicious circle of ignorance & servitude.
This project will provide comprehensive training in hygiene and health care for 40 women scavengers in Pudukkottai District of Tamilnadu state of India. We will employ nurses to train selected women from 70 untouchable families over a 1 year period.
This project addressing health & education will not only raise health & prevent communicable diseases but will also plant seeds of hope in the hearts of the poorest and most vulnerable women & girls of South India to rise out of poverty & illiteracy.