The Gram Panchayats (GP) of Lalpur in Mohanlalganj Block, and of Degoi in BKT Block in Lucknow district Uttar Pradesh, were officially declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on August 3 and 4, 2016 respectively. This brings the total number of villages made ODF by the efforts of WaterAid India (WAI) and its regional partner Vatsalya, to a total of four in the district.
When Vatsalya, supported by WAI intervened in May 2016, of 230 homes in Lalpur only 110 had toilets. The remaining were built over the following two months. Degoi on the other hand, has 168 homes, of which 48 toilets were built when interventions began in November 2015. Over the next nine months, 122 more were constructed.
In both Gram Panchayats, nigrani samitis (watch committees) involving youth and children were formed to monitor open defecation. Masons were trained to aid construction, nine hand pumps each were restored, and Community Led Total Sanitation processes were supported to create long term behavioural change. In addition, murals with WASH messages were created, rallies were carried out, and both ratri chaupals (night forums) and community meetings were held. Further, school WASH brigades were formed, orientation sessions among teachers were carried out, and sanitation blocks were improved in both villages. During the intervention period, two vermicomposting pits were made as well in Degoi.
The Community Development Officer of Lucknow, Prashant Sharma, announced a special felicitation and a cash remuneration to the Gram Pradhans of both GPs and members of the watch committees by the District Magistrate for their contributions towards making the GP ODF.
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