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Standing up for the Ganga – Adventure for a purpose

For most of my life, I harbored a deep suspicion of non-profits or ‘chanda collectors’- especially the kinds who used to knock on our door with a book of receipts and claimed to be collecting ‘chanda’ (contribution) for one cause or the other. My suspicion stemmed from not knowing what exactly these funds were for,... Read more

What do we mean by ‘improving sanitation’?

Good sanitation in communities has a lot of benefits like better health, better economy, and physical safety for women. But looking at toilets in history, “improving sanitation” has come to mean a lot more than just preventing the spread of disease. When we talk about sanitation, we are talking about a whole complex network of... Read more

A member of the housekeeping staff shares how “educated people” behave

Radhamma, a middle-aged housekeeping staff feels appalled at the way in which educated people behave. During an interaction, she shared that even though people have all the money and education, they have some awful toilet habits. It is unfortunate how insensitive these people are towards others, especially the ones who have to clean all the... Read more

From sexual predators to leopard attacks: Why Uttarakhand’s women are demanding toilets

Open defecation is not just unhygienic and unhealthy for the people but has also become a life threat to many. Leopard attacks are a fairly common occurrence in the Himalayan state, 71% of which is forest. In the first four months of this year itself, Uttarakhand has seen 16 deaths, besides injuries to two dozen... Read more

‘I’ve seen a dead child in the same hospital bed as a living child as there’s no space’

“I have seen filthy toilets, no water, shabby buildings practically falling apart, cobwebs, lab equipment and drugs strewn about [in India’s primary health centres],” shares Dr. Vandana Prasad, national convener for the Public Health Resource Network (PHRN), a voluntary network of public health practitioners striving to promote ‘Health for All’. In an interview Dr. Prasad... Read more

Community in action to solve water crisis

Dunguripada, a small village in Saipala Gram Panchayat of Nuapada district of Odisha, had only one tube-well fitted with hand-pump as the primary water source for drinking and other domestic purposes. The community was under the impression that tube-well water is safe for consumption. In 2013, WaterAid India along with local partner Regional Centre for... Read more

How my piece on Youth Ki Awaaz got my workplace to make washrooms more accessible

Writing about your most intimate experiences is not an easy thing, and takes some guts. But if it helps people change the way they think, I believe it is totally worth it. With this belief, on World Disability Day (December 3, 2016), I wrote on Youth Ki Awaaz about how tough it is for a... Read more

‘In the case Of dry toilets, 95% manual scavengers are women’: A revealing interview

Ashif Shaikh was selected for the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016. But such recognition was not always the case in his life. Born into a Dalit Muslim family, Shaikh faced discrimination both, in Madrasas and schools. However, by the time he was 17 he was already organising students to fight caste discrimination and violence. In the... Read more