Families Build Toilets In Slum Houses For Dignity
This is the story of transformation from being forced to live in indignity to incrementally building soak-pit toilets in slum houses that has been unfolding over the past several years across 415,000 urban deprived population n Indore and Agra.
Earlier very few slum houses had toilets. Gradually UHRC’s social facilitators motivated formation of women’s groups, also encouraging them towards building toilets in houses through hygiene sessions which explained how feco-oral transmission of infection takes place.
UHRC gradually motivated slum women’s groups to develop and mange slum-level social needs funds which offered loan to members for health needs including constructing low-cost soak-pit latrines in houses.
With sustained efforts of several years approximately 50 per cent families among the 415,000 population have constructed toilets. Girls, women and men use toilets and do not face the indignity of needing to urinate and defecate in the shrinking open space. Infections are also far few as is observed with reducing illness, notably diarhhoea.
Your solidarity and support is very important for over 415,000 slum, urban vulnerable population where 1700 slum women's, children-youth groups endeavour towards improving overall well-being and lives of their communities.