Assist with SHRI's COVID-19 Response Efforts

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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 of SHRI, 

 

Thank you, as always, for following our progress. 2019 is well underway, and I am excited to share some important updates with you. 

First, and perhaps most importantly, we recently opened our seventh community sanitation facility. This facility will serve yet another community in Jharkhand by providing them with access to both toilets and safe drinking water. We are grateful for the partners that made this facility possible, and look forward to working with this community for years to come. 

Next, we are about to open our eighth facility (which will also be in Jharkhand), and beging our work in our third state as our partnership with the Starbucks Foundation kicks off. We are excited that we are about to scale to our third state, and that we will be working with tea-plantation workers, a historically underserved population. 

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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Dear Friends of SHRI, 

 

Thank you, as always, for following our progress. As 2018 winds down, I am pleased to report that we have had yet another great year. 

First, and perhaps most importantly, we recently opened our sixth community sanitation facility. This facility will serve yet another community in Bihar by providing them with access to both toilets and safe drinking water. We are grateful for the partners that made this facility possible, and look forward to working with this community for years to come. 

Next, we secured several large multiy-year grants. This funding support will help us scale to new communities, which will help us further ensure access to toilets and safe drinking water. This funding will also help us refine our model to become more cost-effective, which will help us as we continue expanding to disparate communities. 

Your support has helped us achieve so much of our success this year. Your 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 successful 2019. 


On behalf of the entire SHRI team, thank you for your continued support!

Anoop

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Dear Supporters, 

It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. We at SHRI mark our years by the coming and going of the "warm months" given that our first facility opened four summers ago in July 2014. This summer was particularly significant for us as we passed the 2 million toilet uses mark. In other words, the toilets across our five facilities have now been used more than 2 million times! We are extremely proud of this achievement, and know that it could not be done without your support. 

We also completed construction of our sixth facility this summer, and are making good progress towards completing our seventh and eighth facilities, which will hopefully be done by the end of this year. We have also secured some multi-year funding support, which will enable us to scale our efforts significantly. One of these agreements will pay for the construction of two new facilities in Assam, a state in north east India. SHRI will now have a presence in three states, something we could not have imagined even just two years ago. 

As always, thank you for your time and support. Your contribution to our efforts will help us put an end to open defecation in India, thus ensuring that every woman, man, and child can live a healthy and happy life. 

Thank you for the time. Enjoy the day!

Anoop 

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SHRI fights alongside rural communities throughout India to end open defecation, a key step in the struggle for health equity, and social and economic justice. We are currently operating five community sanitation facilities that serve almost 5,000 toilet users per day. Furthermore, we are selling nearly 150,000 liters of safe drinking water each month. This is not only increasing access to another vital service - potabl water - but is also helping SHRI offset nearly 50% of its monthly O&M costs. 

We are currently constructing our sixth and seventh facilities. One of these is located in Bihar, while the other is in Jharkhand. Bihar and Jharkhand are two of India's poorest states, where the majority of people defecate in the open. We are proudly partnering with local communities, government stakeholders, and other civic societies to ensure the successful construction and implementation of these facilities. 

Your support to our work will help us ensure that we keep our facilities maintained and sustained. This is key to promoting consistent toilet use, and thus ending open defecation. 

 

Thank you for your time, interest, and continued support!

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Women gathered at a training session

Dear Friends, 

I hope that this note finds you well. I would like to thank you again for your ongoing support of SHRI's mission. My team and I are incredibly grateful for this support. 

Since our crowdfunding campaign ended, we have been working tirelessly to complete construction of our sixth facility, which we hope will be ready later this spring. Unlike our previous facilities, this one will be staffed almost entirely by women from the community we are serving. Each of these women belongs to a local women's self-help group, which is part of a network of self-help groups organized by the government. These self-help groups were originally organized to help promote livelihood activities amongst women. Over the years, however, the government has also started engaging with the women in these groups as a means to improving community-wide health outcomes. The women are trained to conduct a variety of health promotion activities. For the purposes of this project, we are working with the women to equip them with the skills and tools they will need to successfully operate and manage this new SHRI facility. Each of the women will be paid a fair wage every month for the work that they do. 

Moving forward, we hope to use this model at all of our future facilities. In addition to providing WASH services to communities, we want to make sure that we are doing all that we can to ensure gender equity and equality in our work. We hope to work with those women who have an interest in working with us. We will make sure that they are trained and properly supported so that they can carry out this work, and actuate their leadership potential in the communities they belong to.

As always, thank you for the support. It means so much to me and my team, and is going a very long way in helping us advance our mission. Please do let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

Enjoy the day, friends!

Anoop 

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Anoop Jain
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Anoop Jain
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