Sanitation for India
With an average daily income of $3 per person, India has become a ‘middle income country’, deemed to be wealthy enough to deal with its own problems and therefore no longer requiring aid. With aid resources needing to be prioritised, support from international governments and NGOs has been diverted to those countries deemed to be ‘more’ in need.
However, for those living at or below India’s average daily income, the reality is that their poverty is still extreme and in some cases, absolute. Indeed, as India continues to grow, as with other middle income countries, the gap widens between those ‘with’ and those ‘without’. With the support of The Impact Network, we are launching a sanitation project that will change the fortunes of over 1,000 school children and increase their access to a quality education in Telangana.
In rural India, a lack of functional toilets and sanitation amenities, coupled with a lack of awareness of safe sanitation practices, often leads to high levels of absenteeism and dropouts. This seriously hampers children’s educational outcomes and life chances, especially for girls.
What We Will Do
In selected rural schools in Telegana, we will install a child-friendly sanitation infrastructures and deliver a school education programme on safe sanitation practices, including menstrual hygiene management. Children will be enabled to stay in school, leading to a reduction in forced and early marriages for girls, freeing them from a cycle of poverty, early motherhood and poor maternal health outcomes.
Our Sanitation for Education project will increase awareness, change behaviours and establish child-friendly sanitation infrastructures to increase access to education for over 1,000 children in 5 preschools, 5 primary schools and 3 high schools in three village administrative units. In doing so we will improve hygiene, reduce disease, as well as realise gender equality and the dignity of school children, and so encourage students to stay in school and access education.