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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

The United Nations has stated that the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right.  It should not be a privilege or impossibility, as it is for most of our poor Dalit families. India has voted to prioritize sanitation development and Nandri is proudly playing its part in helping our families improve their basic water and sanitation conditions. 

Basic sanitation facilities improve the health of the whole community, preventing the spread of numerous diseases, including diarrhea, a common cause of illness. Due to lack of sanitation, Cholera and Polio are also more prevalent in areas lacking proper sanitation.  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

We are creating awareness amongst our mothers of the need for basic hygiene and cleanliness, for example washing your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs and diseases.  Through the Mothers groups, we distribute government leaflets educating on the importance of hygiene.  By educating the women, they will in turn pass on this important information to their families.  Nandri is also conducting rallies in the community with doctors and nurses invited to speak on the importance on hygiene and sanitation.  

Nandri is providing loans to families to build their own toilets.  The government in India is providing grants but frequently for our very poor families this is not enough to allow them construct their own toilet.  A loan from Nandri makes it possible and to date 58 families have availed of a loan, helping to make their families lives so much more healthy and dignified.  

Such a basic necessity of access to a toilet, that we take for granted in our everyday lives, is changing the lives of not only our Nandri families, but also their communities.  There is a cultural revolution in our villages with the introduction of proper sanitation and it is improving and changing  the lives of our mothers and their families and future generations forever.

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in 2014 India launched a campaign to make the country “open defecation free” by Oct 2019 to mark the 150 th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. This entails constructing millions of toilets in Rural India. 

Nandri’s mothers groups are working to make this a reality in their own villages with the help of a government grant and a loan from Nandri. This means their families no longer have to suffer the degradation of defecating in a field.  

The mothers have embraced the sanitation scheme and are delighted how having a toilet has improved their health and their lives.  Nandri loans have helped construct 38 toilets. We are continuing to expand this scheme to many more rural families with the help of your donations. 

Malarkodi and her husband and two adult sons obtained a loan to build their own toilet.

The family are poor agricultural workers, living in kolapallur village. Recently their health had been suffering badly from diseases due to poor sanitation. The toilet has changed their health and lives - and is the source of a huge sense of pride for them all!

“Toilet construction has relieved me and my sons from shamefulness”  - Malarkodi. 

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At this stage 50 families have benefitted from this sanitation project with funds from other sources. A toilet is a great source of pride to a family as well as having many other health and basic hygiene benefits. It means that the family no longer have to go into the fields. Typically a mother will go into the fields at dawn for her toilet needs, putting herself in danger of being bitten by snakes.  Many people in India die as a result of snake bites so a toilet can be life saving as well as life changing to a family. Interestingly Indians are so used to using the fields for their toilet that they sometimes find it difficult at first to adapt to using a proper toilet but quickly realise and appreciate all the benefits.

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some happy mothers with new toilets
some happy mothers with new toilets

In recent years our policy has been to provide a loan for a project whether it is a toilet or college education or the acquisition of a milking cow. The advantage of this is that the money comes back and Is immediately reloaned. We have therefore built up substantial fund and every month we are live issuing new loans to new families. The interest we charge also ensures that the projects are self sustainable 

We have already issued loans to 35 families to facilitate the installation of a toilet and water within their home. It's hard to believe but over 600 million people in India don't have access to a toilet. There are literally walking around in each other's excrement. 

The loan we issue is for Rs.10,000 (about $160) .. This is repaid over 10 months with interest. Once the family show they have started the project, the government will provide them with the grant of Rs.15,000. 

Toilets will make a huge difference to our families in terms of health and also safety as many women go out early in the morning into the fields to relieve themselves and run the risk of snakebites and other problems. Sanitation is so important. 

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Saratha outside her Toilet
Saratha outside her Toilet

India has a population of about four times the size of the USA. It's hard to be lonely in India. However 600 million of them, or twice the population of the USA use a plastic bag or a local field as a toilet. There are wild animals, snakes and other dangers lurking behind every bush and tree,,and many are killed each year while attending to their basic needs.

Despite only receiving $50 so far from our GlobalGiving project. We have already commenced this program from our own funds. We have issued 25 loans of Rs.10,000, or $150 to 25 families. They have already commenced building their toilets. It will be a great sense of pride to each family to have a toilet and clean water in their home.  They will also feel safer using a toilet inside rather than in a field. I have to say they need to be trained to use a toilet and there are instances of many cases in India where toilets have been provided, but they don't use them.

The government of India are anxious to change the situation so they are providing a grant, something around the same amount of money to the family. They will only get the grant once the toilet has been completed.

The families are repaying our Micro-loan of Rs.10,000 over 10 months, As soon as Rs.10,000 of repayments are received more Micro-loans will be issued. With we give 10 loans in month one Rs.10,000 we received back in the following month will then be issued as loan. 

We are starting from small beginnings, but hope to make a difference, at least in the lives of a few hundred families would greatly benefit from what we take for granted a toilet in the home, wash hand basin and home, et cetera.

We believe that each toilet will save the lives of three or four people

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Nandri

Location: Dublin - Ireland
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Fred Crowe
Dublin, Dublin Ireland
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