Where we work

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

West office

WaterAid India west regional office has been working in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh since 2003. We work with 10 partners in 11 districts, three cities, and two small towns of the states.

In Madhya Pradesh, we work in four rural districts and apply a district-wide approach for universal access to WASH. In urban areas, the focus is on realising the WASH rights of urban poor through collaborative action with communities, governments, civil society and private sector using the city-wide approaches and innovative practices in management, governance and technologies. In small towns, we are working closely with urban local bodies as technical support agencies in WASH planning and converging with the other ongoing municipal programs.

In Chhattisgarh, WaterAid India has its presence in rural areas only. We work in seven districts selected from each of the five divisions of the state. The current focus of the program is to supplement state efforts for universal access to water and sanitation.

The west regional office has been working closely with the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in rural districts of the states for universal access to WASH. We apply community-led total sanitation (CLTS) approach at large scale for making the villages and panchayats open defecation free. In Datia, we supported the district SBM in making an action plan for the district and did CLTS in 90 priority panchayats collaboratively. In Durg and Rajnandgaon, we have been able to apply the CLTS approach at a large-scale and helped 41 villages achieve ODF status since April 2015. The intervention in Rajnandgaon has been designed exclusively to raise the issue of people with disability in accessing sanitation services and advocating for a change in policy. The EcoSan toilets in Korba district of Chhattisgarh have been successful and we are advocating for its scale-up.

For management of water resources, our approach is to ensure active participation of community particularly the poorest and marginalised in planning, implementation and monitoring of schemes aimed at providing safe drinking water to villages. In Datia, we have collaborated with public health engineering department and developed an action plan of the district towards ensuring effective implementation of piped water supply scheme (PWSS).

Our efforts on hygiene aim at behaviour change and building healthy practices on WASH. Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) has been given priority in all our programmes. We are working closely with the National Health Mission (NHM) for promoting the menstrual hygiene in the districts of Datia, Morena and Sheopur. This includes addressing the gaps in supply chain, building capacity of ASHAs and orientation of adolescent girls and women on the issues. Looking at the significant progress on MHM in these districts, NHM is planning to scale up the intervention in five more districts of Madhya Pradesh with our support.

In our school WASH work empowering the school management committees on WASH is a major component. We are working closely with the district collector of Sheopur to ensure hygiene classes in all schools. In Datia, we have collaborated with the education department for capacity building of teachers and school management committee members on WASH.

The urban intervention is based on past experience of working in both large and small towns to build strong community-based organisations such as mohalla samitis who can demand for better services of water and sanitation from service providers. The intervention also builds the capacity of the urban local bodies as technical support agencies to strengthen their knowledge on WASH. In smaller towns, we are working closely with the urban local bodies to help them in overall planning on WASH within different municipal programs.

Achievements
  • We have reached 137782 people with water, 159499 with sanitation and 297876 with hygiene from April 2014 to September 2015.
  • WaterAid India is recognised as a technical and knowledge partner by both Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh government. We have helped the government of Chhattisgarh reach out to 6577 frontline workers through various state and district-level trainings.
  • We have developed training modules on menstrual hygiene management for government of Madhya Pradesh and technical manual on household latrines for government of Chhattisgarh which the government is using across the state to improve service delivery on WASH schemes.
  • Over the last two years, we supported the state in strengthening their WASH service delivery by training 3738 panchayati raj institution members, 658 health and nutrition workers, 1381 self-help group members, 1005 volunteers, 1009 village health and nutrition committee members, 3114 swachata doots and 3044 teachers.

Toilet fact

44 per cent of the total population in India still defecate in the open.

Open defecation causes chronic diarrhoea that leads to stunting.