Assist with SHRI's COVID-19 Response Efforts

by Sanitation and Health Rights in India
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Assist with SHRI's COVID-19 Response Efforts
Assist with SHRI's COVID-19 Response Efforts
Assist with SHRI's COVID-19 Response Efforts

Dear Friends and Family, 

 

As the Coronavirus pandemic rages on, I hope that this note finds you and your loved ones keeping safe, healthy, and well. 

SHRI continues taking precautions to ensure safety for our beneficiaries and staff in India. Social distancing guidelines are still in place at all of our facilities in both Bihar and Jharkhand, and we are limiting the number of people who can be inside our facilities at any given time. Furthermore, we have instituted strict guidelines that ensure one household gets the same water jug as part of our water service. 

The pandemic has certainly impeded our plans to scale our services this year. Yet, we understand just how important it is to not put anyone's health at risk by building new facilities in new locations. As such, we will remain patient and resume constructing new sites once it is safe. 

Again, I hope that you all continue staying safe amidst this pandemic. I look forward to updating you all again soon. 

Take care,

Anoop

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Dear Friends and Family, 

I hope that this note finds you all doing well during this unprecedented time. These are certainly trying times, and I hope that you are all keeping safe and healthy. 

Now, more than ever, SHRI is stepping in to its role as a provider of essential services. The government has given us permission to continue providing our water, sanitation, and hygiene services at all of our facilities as the rest of India remains in lockdown until May 3 (and possibly beyond). We believe that WASH is the bedrock of public health, and we will continue ensuring access to our services throughout this pandemic. 

At the same time, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our beneficiaries and staff. We have implemented social distancing regulations at all of our facilities. Our beneficiaries now wait in line 6ft apart to enter the toilets in small groups and our staff have been provided with protective face masks, gloves, and other safety/hygiene equipment. 

Like everyone else, we are unsure when the situation in India will improve. Our primary concern at this time is the health, safey, and well-being of our staff and beneficiaries. We are taking this time to think carefully about how we will continue scaling, and improving, our services when it is safe and responsible to do so. 

In the mean time, I hope that you all take good care. 

Enjoy the day,

Anoop Jain

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Dear Friends and Family, 

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!

Anoop

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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!


Anoop

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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!

Anoop

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Anoop Jain
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Anoop Jain
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