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 led total sanitation. To create momentum and make the GP ODF, a group of active leaders were identified, trained and grouped as a nigrani samiti (watch group). They supported follow ups in the early mornings and late evenings when community members usually go out to defecate in the open.
WaterAid also supported the restoration of school sanitation blocks in four schools in the GP. Three wash brigade teams were formed who supported school and community meetings and forming swactha toli (sanitation and hygiene group) in village. Four counsellors were also trained on menstrual hygiene management (MHM). They are now running their own centres to create awareness on MHM. Fourteen waterpoints were restored and six vermi compost pits were created as models.
The Gram Pradhan Siyaram Yadav and three more members of the nigrani samiti were felicitated by the District Magistrate of Lucknow Mr. Raj Shekhar, IAS, on May 26 for their contributions towards making the GP ODF.
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