Where we work

Our programmes serve a wide range of communities, from those living in remote rural villages to small towns to slums.
WaterAid/ Poulomi Basu

North office

WaterAid India North regional office works in the most populous and under served states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In Uttar Pradesh, we work in Bundelkhand, central and eastern region covering seven rural interventions based in Lucknow, Fatehpur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Kushinagar, Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot. Our urban interventions are in Lucknow and Kanpur Municipal Corporation. Our Bihar program covers four rural interventions in Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur and Madhubani and one urban intervention under Patna Municipal Corporation. We work with 13 partner organisations in 13 districts and three cities of the two states.

Water quality and water security are our main focus areas. We work in Bundelkhand region and create community-owned models which include mini-piped water supply units, water user groups, and village water and sanitation committees. We also contribute to installation of new and restoration of old water sources. Regular water testing of community-level water resources is ensured and concerned issues are advocated through community engagement. We promote people-panchayat partnership model for providing sustainable services through collaboration.

The regional office works closely with the government as an operational and technical partner in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and two districts of Bihar. We are supporting district-level planning, development of trained and skilled human resources, creation of sanitation assets and community demand for toilets, models on solid liquid waste management and establishing transparency and accountability mechanisms at all levels. With a special focus on Namami Ganga program on sanitation, we provide support in Samastipur district of Bihar and Kanpur and Fatehpur districts of Uttar Pradesh to reach 47,000 households in 57 gram panchayats and 11 wards to ensure safe sanitation and open defection free communities.

Our efforts on hygiene aim at behaviour change and building healthy practices on WASH. We promote menstrual hygiene management through a network of trained men and women working as counsellors and peer educators. The approach has been adopted by the State Health Mission and expanded to 16 high priority districts in Uttar Pradesh.

We are extending technical assistance in capacity building of more than 3500 frontline workers and nodal officers in 27 districts of Uttar Pradesh. WaterAid India north regional office is also a member of the task force group and health partner forum constituted by State Health Mission.

We have pioneered the eco-vapour toilet currently on trial in Kanpur for households with space crunch. The toilet uses plastic drums, which are cheap and easily available and vapour permeable membrane which allows vapours to escape, speeding up the drying process and leaving only the sludge. We plan to expand the trial to five other cities in India, spanning different climates this year.

Children are the best change agents, and we work with Right to Education (RtE) forums at state-level for joint initiatives across the state and strategised school WASH intervention for integrating nutrition and health initiatives. We have reached 800 schools and 90,000 children with WASH services. With a focus on rights and equity, we are working with Sarva Shisksha Abhiyan for promoting WASH services in residential schools for SC/ ST girls in Uttar Pradesh.

  • We have reached 288465 people with water, 391501 with sanitation and 738111 with hygiene from April 2014 to September 2015.
  • Our engagement with state education directorate and district administration to support WASH in schools in Uttar Pradesh has ensured the inclusion of WASH in school curriculum in over 200 schools.
  • Over the years we have created a pool of 941 trained WASH volunteers, 2829 panchayti raj institutions, ASHAs, ANMs and teachers, 642 masons and 30393 civil-society organisation and self-help group members and trained them on WASH.

Sanitation fact

We excrete close to 65,000 tonnes of faeces into the environment each day.

India is home to the world’s largest population of people who defecate in the open.