Cleanliness is next to godliness.
This was proved right by the people residing in a small village in Haryana. A group of close to 1,000 swachhta senanis (sanitation ambassadors) is acting as action-oriented grassroots change-makers. The group is leading the Swachch Gaons (clean villages) movement in Nuh district of Haryana.
These sanitation ambassadors are some of the 10,000 plus community leaders trained under Sehgal Foundation’s Good Rural Governance program since 2008.
The foundation has mobilised and trained villagers for maximum local participation.
Jakir, sanitation ambassador of village Ghida, Nuh: “After learning about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in the training session conducted by the foundation, I joined hands with the panchayat and other sanitation ambassadors to organize rallies and door-to-door campaigns. As a result of our efforts, almost Ninety percent of households now have toilets and are also keen to use them, the latter being the most important aspect.”
As of now, as many as 182 campaigns motivating people to construct and use toilets, 27 school campaigns to promote handwashing and clean villages, and 5,069 toilets have been constructed (period: April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017), according to The Logical Indian.
The sanitation drive in Kotki went on for four days and witnessed the participation of over 72 villagers. Four trolleys of waste and garbage were eliminated and village streets were made clean.
Approximately Rs 80,000 were also raised.
Villagers repeat this exercise every two months as an independent initiative.
Plantation of trees is also emphasised apart from sanitation.