The women warriors of Odisha

As the country debates about the plot and portrayal of characters in the latest movie ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’, meet the real life heroes of Deogarh district, Odisha who led the... Read more

Water security issues in peri-urban areas

Some key takeaways from the SaciWaters Conference on issues of water security in peri-urban areas (26-27 July 2017) as we build our approach towards them. The SaciWaters Conference was rich... Read more

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... Read more

How domestic workers are denied access to toilets they clean

Even though we are in the 21st century there are still a few things that we have not been able to accept and practice. Meena and Preeti are two domestic... Read more

Basti Vikas Manch: Binding Communities Together

Huge plastic drums in lurid colours are lined up by the roadside. A train trundles past in the background. The scene is from a tiny ‘basti’ (slum) in Pattigadda in... Read more

Towards an Open Defecation Free Ujjain

On a cold day in January 2015, the Commissioner of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Dr Ravindra Pastor (IAS), was reading a newspaper article on field trials by WaterAid India (WAI)... 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,... Read more