What is Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF)? What are its objectives?

WaterAid/ Dieter Telemans

Established in 2010, the Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF) ensures that clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene are available to everyone, everywhere. To achieve this, JSCF works in close coordination with the government organisations, non-government organisations, campaigns and clubs to broaden the base of programmes at the grassroots, and thus enable greater local relevance and impact.

The Transition

JSCF is promoted as an Indian not-for-profit under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956, and is an associate member of WaterAid International Federation. JSCF also works towards broadening the range of activities that WaterAid India currently undertakes and supports as a liaison office of WaterAid (UK).

For over 30 years now, WaterAid India, now Jal Seva Charitable Trust, has seen the transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), where water and sanitation have been accorded as a separate Goal – to ensure access to clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene for all.

Objectives

  • To promote and secure the rights of the most marginalised by ensuring access to clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene.
  • To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity for improving WASH facilities and services in the country.
  • To advocate for essential role of clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene in human development.
  • To further develop as an effective global organisation, recognised as a leader, by providing technical support and reaching out to the grassroots.

Strategic Goals

  • Empower the most marginalised and excluded in India with to access clean and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services as their right.
  • Support the government and other service providers in developing capacities to improve WASH delivery as a right for the excluded and marginalised in the country.
  • Assist institutions of the legislature and judiciary to improve the policy and legal environment for citizens to realise WASH services as their right.
  • Influence relevant government institutions and programmes as well as external support agencies to mainstream safe and effective WASH services for the excluded and marginalised in projects and programmes across the country.
  • Influence key civil society networks and movements to reflect aspirations of the poor for the rights to WASH.
  • Live our values and further develop ourselves as an organisation that demonstrates leadership, and champion the rights of the excluded and the marginalised.

With the increasing number of erratic droughts and floods, a long-term strategy towards management and conservation of water, sanitation, and hygiene needs desperate attention. Also, other relevant issues such as waste management and context appropriate toilet designs are gradually receiving the much deserved attention.

Thus, Jal Seva Charitable Trust strives to make universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene a reality by 2030, the SDG target year.