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Second Gram Panchayat in Lucknow declared open defecation free

Raipur Gram Panchayat (GP) in Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh has been declared open defecation free (ODF). The GP has a population of 1,600 with 252 households. Raipur had no toilets when WaterAid India along with its partner Vatsalya started work there in October 2015. The intervention began with community meetings and community... Read more

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016

For this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, WaterAid India partnered with the Integrated Child Development Services Directorate, Madhya Pradesh to expand its pilot project Udita to more than 90,000 Anganwadi centres across the state. Udita Project was launched last year to create awareness around safe menstrual hygiene management. The programme was active in 39,000 anganwadi centres in three... Read more

Loo with a View

As part of our ongoing activities to create awareness around how open defecation affects us all at Simhastha Kumbh 2016, we launched the Loo with a View. The toilets were launched on May 12 by H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh and Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA). These toilets... Read more

25 schools under South Delhi Municipal Corporation to be developed as WASH-friendly schools

WaterAid India and our partner Society for All Round Development recently launched a programme to make 25 schools under South Delhi Municipal Corporation as Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) friendly schools. The programme will identify WASH challenges in these schools and build an understanding of teachers and children on the importance of WASH friendly practices.... Read more

MHM awareness at Simhastha Kumbh 2016

Women spend around six to seven years of their lives menstruating. Yet the importance of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is mostly neglected. Menstrual hygiene is a taboo subject; a topic that many women are uncomfortable discussing in public. This is compounded by gender inequality, which excludes women and girls from decision-making processes. As part of... Read more

CLTS training to make Lucknow ODF

WaterAid India in partnership with Swachh Bharat Directorate conducted Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) training in six districts of Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow, Sant Kabir Nagar, Kushinagar, Fatehpur, Banda, Chitrakoot, Mahoba, and Kanpur. The five-day training which began on April 25 included Additional Development Officers, Gram secretary, and 60 Swachtha Karmi. As a follow up of this... Read more

WaterAid India at Simhastha Kumbh 2016

The Simhastha Kumbh Mela is a religious gathering that will take place on the banks of the river Kshipra in the city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh from 22 April to 21 May 2016. Over 50,000,000 people are expected to attend the Mela in Ujjain over the month. Given the huge influx of people over a... Read more

Eight Gram Panchayats in Datia become ODF

Eight gram panchayats (GP) and eight villages in Datia have been declared open defecation free (ODF) on March 30. Datia has one of the lowest sanitation coverage in the state and so WaterAid India prioritised its intervention in the district in collaboration with our partner Parhit. We influenced the district administration and Swachh Bharat Mission... Read more