Project: Community and School Level WASH Initiatives under Mission Sunehra Kal
Funding Partner: ITC Limited
Years of Association: Since 2014
Duration: Annual renewal contrac
Project Cost (INR): Rs 23,160,248/- (FY 2020-21)
Location: West Bengal (Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata); Odisha (Ganjam and Khordha) and Assam (Kamrup).
About the Project
As toilets have become the mascot for “Clean India,” a large part of the community wants access to a toilet but won’t invest to build one. Their notion is constructing a toilet is the responsibility of the government. The project aims to promote sustained water, sanitation, and hygiene services in communities and schools and is based on a collaborative and synergistic approach that involves all relevant stakeholders – communities, gram panchayats, and local institutions – right from planning to implementation to ensure smooth running. The local women play a particularly crucial role during the project life cycle.
- Facilitating access to reliable and safe drinking water.
- Improving gender and child-friendly sanitation services.
- Sustaining the implemented services through strong local governance.
Scale of Impact
Till now, 34780 students – across 113 schools – have been reached. Besides, 1175 Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) and 39 community toilets have been constructed.
- 113 schools have an active Child Cabinet and School Management Committee to ensure operation and maintenance (O&M) of the school toilet blocks.
- O&M system with adequate bathing enclosures and water access has been established.
- Project schools have received awards – Sishumitra Vidyalaya Puraskar and Nirmal Vidyalaya Puraskar – in recognition of their outstanding efforts in WASH programming and the adoption of child-friendly norms and standards.
- Linkages with local governance have been created for sustained WASH services.
- Local governance has been capacitated and strengthened to achieve the objectives of the Swachh Bharat Mission for toilet usage.
Replication and Scaling Up
The project will keep building on the success of the outcomes and continue establishing linkages with the local government for better sustainability.