In Maharashtra, ashramshala (as supported by National Stock Exchange of India Limited) is an emerging government institution that provides the children of tribal families with education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) information as well as infrastructure. In recent times, efforts are being made to ensure that ashramshalas are WASH compliant; ensuring access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. WaterAid India’s primary objective is to provide the students with functional WASH infrastructure across 70 ashramshalas that will enable them to practice positive WASH behaviour.
A detailed project report has been developed for each of these ashramshalas to understand the existing gaps in infrastructure and behaviour related to WASH. This has helped highlight the key areas where engagement is must:
Behaviour Change Communication:
- Capacity development of teaching and non-teaching staff
- Capacity building of students, school level institutions, and adolescent girls
- Regular hygiene and menstrual hygiene session with students, school-level institutions, and teaching as well as non-teaching staff
The ongoing work aims to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure that falls under augmentation and regular sessions with school level institution to enhance their capacities and make them self-sustainable. Once these basic amenities are achieved, innovative local technology will be the next step in terms of making ashramshalas compliant to WASH in its true sense.