03Jul2014

Community Led Total Sanitation Campaign In Notki

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More than 70% of India’s over 1 billion people live in rural villages. Although 30% of the rural households have latrines, only 15% of people use them. This means 85% of people defecate in the open. Water-borne diseases are a major health problem in these villages. According to health experts, open defecation is responsible for 80% of the diseases.

The government has allocated enough funds for the construction of latrines in homes across India. Many communities are unaware of this program or unsure of how to receive the funding. Construction of these latrines thus requires change in community awareness and behavior.

The community mobilization program of Sehgal Foundation started a community-led total sanitation campaign with community members. The “Triggering Campaign” ran in Notki village in Nagina block of Mewat. Its aim was to make the village Open Defecation Free (ODF) and empower the community to further their own development.

The Triggering Campaign began by taking villagers to the primary open defecation area in Notki. It was next to the local school, an area that should be kept clean. Seeing the filth first-hand and discussing it collectively motivated villagers to seek change. Over the following days, they continued to discuss how they could end open defecation.

Soon, men, women, and children began excavating pits for latrines in the periphery of each household in the village. They excavated 35 pits in just two days! Salammudin, the Village Champion, was repeatedly asked when construction of the latrines would begin.

Sehgal Foundation had been working in the village for three years. But only 20 household latrines were constructed in the village of 160 households. The new campaign was successful in initiating a tremendous behavioral shift among villagers. Every household was competing for latrines to be constructed in their home first.

The village Sarpanch (head of the village council) and 10 community members traveled to the villages of Firojpur Rajpur and Garhi Binoda and talked about the success of the Triggering Campaign in Notki. Villagers asked the Sarpanch, “Who is constructing the Latrines?” He responded, “Ham bana rahe hain (We are constructing).” Notki is close to completing the construction of 50 household latrines. This was the phase one target for the village.

If the momentum continues, Notki will become the first Open Defecation Free village in Mewat. Sehgal Foundation hopes that the efforts will be replicated in all villages across Mewat.

More than 70% of India’s over 1 billion people live in rural villages. Although 30% of the rural households have latrines, only 15% of people use them. This means 85% of people defecate in the open. Water-borne diseases are a major health problem in these villages. According to health experts, open defecation is responsible for 80% of the diseases.

The government has allocated enough funds for the construction of latrines in homes across India. Many communities are unaware of this program or unsure of how to receive the funding. Construction of these latrines thus requires change in community awareness and behavior.

The community mobilization program of Sehgal Foundation started a community-led total sanitation campaign with community members. The “Triggering Campaign” ran in Notki village in Nagina block of Mewat. Its aim was to make the village Open Defecation Free (ODF) and empower the community to further their own development.

The Triggering Campaign began by taking villagers to the primary open defecation area in Notki. It was next to the local school, an area that should be kept clean. Seeing the filth first-hand and discussing it collectively motivated villagers to seek change. Over the following days, they continued to discuss how they could end open defecation.

Soon, men, women, and children began excavating pits for latrines in the periphery of each household in the village. They excavated 35 pits in just two days! Salammudin, the Village Champion, was repeatedly asked when construction of the latrines would begin.

Sehgal Foundation had been working in the village for three years. But only 20 household latrines were constructed in the village of 160 households. The new campaign was successful in initiating a tremendous behavioral shift among villagers. Every household was competing for latrines to be constructed in their home first.

The village Sarpanch (head of the village council) and 10 community members traveled to the villages of Firojpur Rajpur and Garhi Binoda and talked about the success of the Triggering Campaign in Notki. Villagers asked the Sarpanch, “Who is constructing the Latrines?” He responded, “Ham bana rahe hain (We are constructing).” Notki is close to completing the construction of 50 household latrines. This was the phase one target for the village.

If the momentum continues, Notki will become the first Open Defecation Free village in Mewat. Sehgal Foundation hopes that the efforts will be replicated in all villages across Mewat.

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