Raseedan is a homemaker and works as a laborer in Hiranthla village in the Nuh district, Haryana. Her husband, Umer Mohamad, has passed away. She has a daughter and five sons. Along with her family members, she lives in two modest rooms due to their low income.
Liquid waste arising from kitchen and bathrooms is a cause of concern for people living in Hiranthla village. The waste generated is disposed of on the ground, which creates unhygienic surroundings for people, and affects their health. This improper disposal of liquid waste also causes waterborne diseases such as dengue, fever, diarrhoea, or other infections, especially in children. Stagnated wastewater flowing out of Raseedan’s house creates filthy surroundings, which is an unpleasant sight. Raseedan shares that the wastewater also attracts mosquito flies, which brings several waterborne diseases with it. Soak pit construction ensures for an effective disposal of liquid waste, which can stop spread of diseases and create a healthy environment at village level.
Raseedan attended a village-level meeting on hygiene and sanitation, organized by S M Sehgal Foundation under the LIC HFL’s Holistic Rural Initiative Development and Yield (HRIDAY) Project in January 2022, where Village Development Committee members discussed the importance of constructing soak pits in improving liquid waste management in the village. Raseedan chose to have a soak pit for liquid waste disposal under the project, as she was already facing a similar issue due to accumulation of wastewater around her house.
The soak pit was built in Raseedan’s residence in February 2022, and it has had a significant impact on her family.
Raseedan claims that, as a result of the soak pit, the street in front of her house is now clean. People can now walk in front of her house without difficulty, and youngsters are now playing with smiles on their faces. Other members of the community are now encouraged to use household soak pits. Raseedan expressed her pride in contributing to garbage management and making the village a better place.
Raseedan also expressed her gratitude to LIC HFL for extending their support in establishment of a soak pit around her house.
Just like Raseedan, S M Sehgal Foundation will reach more beneficiaries with this intervention, and enable liquid waste management at their household level for ensuring better health conditions of village communities.