Roughly 60 percent of India’s 1.2 billion people still defecate in the open. The consequences for women are huge. These range from polluted water leading to women and children dying from childbirth-related infections, rampant water-borne diseases, to the risk and reality of being attacked and raped, to girls dropping out of school once they reach puberty. It’s the difference between education and independence and being locked into poverty and subjugation.
Our goal is to construct 2000 toilets in 2017 scaling to 400,000 within 3 years in Latur, Maharashtra.
PLAN OF ACTION
The Govt of India under its flagship Swatch Bharat campaign is pushing for a open defecation free India by 2019 and is encouraging people to build toilets by providing a financial incentive of INR 12,000 ($200) towards construction costs.
We augment this with an additional $50 per toilet to construct better quality robust toilets that will actually get used.
We also ensure that the beneficiary villagers own this project by taking the financial responsibility of constructing the septic tank for the toilet.
We have partnered with the Art of Living Foundation, India to execute on the ground.