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Sustainability

Water and Sanitation work in schools and communities

Studies indicate that improved sanitation is a key element of socio economic development. Improved sanitary conditions are more effective and economically viable than any other preventive health measure to combat water-borne and excreta related diseases. It is well evidenced by various reports that there is a huge gap between the needs and facilities in our country. Our total sanitation project in Nemam village in Tamil Nadu strives to bridge this gap. Using PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal), an intensive social mapping exercise was undertaken involving all sections of the community. Based on the outcome of the exercise, in 2009, we, in partnership with Environment & Sanitation Resource Center, a Chennai based NGO and District Rural Development Agency, Government of Tamil Nadu, and the local community, devised an intervention plan to reach out to every household of 8 villages of Nemam Panchayat.

As part of the outreach plan, extensive community mobilization and awareness camps were held across these villages. Today a Rural Sanitary Mart with a specially trained mason workforce has been established at Nemam village to cater to the requirements of the local community. Around 300 households/beneficiaries have been identified in 4 villages and low cost individual sanitary units have been constructed.The project Life Plus which began in 2008 to provide improved education facilities and learning material to children affected by floods in Bihar, concluded in June 2011 with the dedication of 23 re-built schools.

Post the disastrous Bihar floods, CCIPL had partnered with World Vision and Plan India to undertake the rehabilitation project to aid people reeling under the impact of floods. As a part of the rehabilitation project, 18 schools were rebuilt in districts of Supaul and Mahdepura in addition to 5 schools in Araria which were successfully constructed in August 2010. The project Life Plus also provided the schools with education kits, education materials, and school uniforms for children and separate toilet facilities for boys and girls.