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Sanitation and Clean Water for 60 Dalit Families

by Nandri
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Sanitation and Clean Water for 60 Dalit Families
Sanitation and Clean Water for 60 Dalit Families
Sanitation and Clean Water for 60 Dalit Families

Nandri recognises that educating our families in the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene is vital.  Part of our project involves educating both the children and the mothers in how proper sanitation and basic hygiene prevent the spread of diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and polio.  For many of our families the lack of a toilet means having to defecate in fields, putting themselves and others at risk of diseases and infections.  

Education is the key.  We are educating our mothers in the importance of basic hygiene and cleanliness.  For example washing your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. We distribute educational information and by educating the women, they will in turn educate their families.  Nandri also organises local doctors and nurses to speak to our mothers groups on the importance of hygiene and sanitation. 

Happily this year as well as educating the community, Nandri has helped many families finance and install toilet facilities in their homes, bringing dignity and greater health to their lives.  

With the help of our wonderful donors we look forward to building on and expanding our project in 2020.  On behalf of our families and all the Nandri community we say a big "Nandri" to our donors. In other words - "Thank you" 

 

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Project report on Sanitation:

Clean drinking water, hygiene, and sanitation play an important part in maintaining health. Open defecation means no sanitation. It fouls the environment and spreads diseases. Access to safe drinking water and good sanitation are vital for our family’s  well-being. Realising the importance of this, Nandri has taken earnest efforts in improving the health and Sanitary conditions of our community.   

Process involved:

 Nandri has started identifying the beneficiaries during the field visit done by the staff. Nandri has identified 58 families for the construction of toilets.
 These beneficiaries were motivated to avail of the benefits given by the government, in which the government has come forward to provide Rs.10,000/($140) to those who are willing to construct toilets at their homes. 
 Since the amount given by the government is not sufficient, Nandri provided Rs.10,000 as a matching grant to complete the construction of toilets. 
 The amount was not given at one stretch, rather it was given stage by stage while seeing the development of the construction of toilets.
 In many families, the members volunteered to offer their manual labor to cut down the expenses. 
 Our field staff monitored the progress of the construction and proper corrections and suggestions were given as and when needed. 

Impact of the project: 

 Sanitation project has promoted  a dignified and decent life especially for the women in our community.   
 It has removed the embarrassment and danger of public defecation particularly for  women.  
 Local communities have been educated in the need for sanitation.  
 It has minimized health-related issues and diseases to a larger extent and led the people to lead a happier more dignified and healthy life.

 

Nandri has successfully completed the project as it was proposed.The amount received with the support of well-wishers through Global giving(€7250) was properly utilized on 58 families.  the government has now stopped the subsidy for the construction of toilets.  The needs of the community for proper sanitation are still vast and Nandri will continue its mission with the kind support of our generous donors. 

 

 

 

 

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WHY IS PROPER SANITATION SO IMPORTANT?

Proper sanitation facilities improve  the well being of the whole community and prevents the spread of a number of diseases, including diarrhea, cholera and polio. The basic lack of a toilet means our Nandri families have to endure the indignity of defecating in the fields, putting their health and the health of others at risk. 


HOW NANDRI IS HELPING OUR FAMILIES. 

Education is the key.  We are educating our mothers in the importance of basic hygiene and cleanliness.  For example washing your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. We distribute educational information and by educating the women, they will in turn educate their families.  Nandri also organises local doctors and nurses to speak to our mothers groups on the importance of hygiene and sanitation. 

We make having a toilet possible.  Nandri is subsidising loans to families. The government in India provides grants but for poor families this is not enough to build their own toilet.  A loan from Nandri enables them to build a basic toilet and this makes such a difference to our families lives. Access to proper sanitation is something we take for granted every day.  For our families, proper sanitation is changing and enriching the lives of our Nandri communities, keeping them healthier and bringing greater dignity to their lives. Thank you to all our sponsors for making it all possible.  

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We take for granted many things in our lives and access to clean water and proper sanitation are certainly two things we expect in society today.  For many people in rural India they do not have that “luxury”. The lack of toilets and safe drinking water in the villages causes many health problems and diseases. With no sanitation our poor families have to defecate in the fields beside their homes.  

 Proper sanitation brings numerous benefits such as reducing diseases and improving the quality of life.  Nandri recognises the importance of proper sanitation and has given priority to helping our families build their own toilets.  We have formed 238 mothers groups in the target area and the mothers are very keen to build toilets in their own homes.

These motivated mothers are creating a revolution in their villages by making people aware of the importance of hygiene, toilets and proper sanitation.  Nandri also provides financial support for the construction of the toilets.  The newly built toilets are a huge source of pride for the families and make their lives so much more dignified, healthy and hygienic.  

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To date, our sanitation programme has provided a total of 58 families with new toilets for their homes. The toilets are a very basic outdoor construction  the Indian government will provide 50 per cent towards the cost of building but without a loan from Nandri the families would be unable to afford the balance.  

 It is normal in poor areas of rural India for families to defecate in the fields beside their homes. The loans from Nandri to help build toilets has changed the lives of these impoverished people and given them the opportunity to live cleaner and therefore healthier, more dignified lives.

We are continuing to educate our mothers and children about the importance of hygiene to prevent diseases, teaching them to wash their hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs.  The children are bringing the lessons they are learning in our Resource Centers  home and sharing good hygiene practices amongst the rest of their families!  


Nandri would like to say a big thank you to our supporters of this project. You are helping us transform the quality of these families lives forever. 

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Nandri

Location: Dublin - Ireland
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Twitter: @nandritamilnadu
Project Leader:
Fred Crowe
Dublin, Dublin Ireland
$1,350 raised of $9,000 goal
 
11 donations
$7,650 to go
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