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Preparing for the millions: zero discharge toilet model demonstration at Ujjain

Ujjain, located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of river Shipra is one of the most sacred cities of India. Though it’s a religious destination all around the year, this year carries a special significance. The city will witness a month long Simhastha Kumbh beginning April 22. The event would... Read more

SACOSAN 6 – A market place for ideas!

Inside the plush Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in Dhaka, the atmosphere was mostly charged barring a few occasional yawns and naps. There were colourful country stalls (Sri Lanka being the most impressive as it was designed through the lens of architectural heritage) and various voluntary organisations putting their best foot forward. There were fleeting glances,... Read more

Towards inclusion: From challenges to possibilities

Fifty-five year old Rajaram from Panna in the state of Madhya Pradesh cannot walk. Two years back, in 2013, his entire life changed when he was diagnosed with bone tuberculosis. He was forced to live a life with disability. Till about six months back, Rajaram would be carried by his son to ease himself in... Read more

Singing, laughing and talking toilets

Braving Delhi’s pre-winter chill, the city’s millennials gathered in huge numbers on a misty evening in the sylvan surroundings of Nehru Park to sing and laugh about toilets. But more on that in a while. Let’s begin with some grim stats, it’s really no joke that India has the world’s longest queue for people waiting... Read more

Clean India: one year on

One year after Prime Minister Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – otherwise known as the Clean India Mission – to make India open defecation free by 2019, Neeraj Jain, WaterAid India’s Chief Executive, analyses its performance so far. In India, there are currently 77 million people without access to improved water sources and... Read more

World record for handwashing

With diarrhoea still one of the world’s deadliest illnesses, new ways to spread good hygiene habits as far as possible are increasingly necessary. Anil Cherukupalli, WaterAid India’s Media and Communications Manager, recounts how one local government reached millions with a bold, record breaking idea. The statistics are grim. Over 1.5 million children under five die... Read more

EcoSan toilets – an alternative to conventional sanitation in vulnerable locations

WaterAid India has recently been experimenting with various technologies that cater for the specific needs of communities in a particular area. With the help of our partners one such effort is underway in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh state, where some areas have a high water table. This geological feature means a high risk of... Read more

How many wives does it take to fetch water?

In communities with poor access to water, women often bear the burden of collecting it, but an extraordinary tradition in rural India takes this inequality to another level. Anil Cherukupalli, WaterAid India’s Media and Communications Manager, tells us about the water wives of Denganmal. How many wives does it take to fetch water? If you... Read more