BENEFITING: Nourish International
Chapter: University of Tennessee-Knoxville & University of Florida
Partner Organization: Sehgal Foundation
This summer the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and University of Florida Chapters will be partnering with the Sehgal Foundation to implement a project in the rural villages of the Mewat district, located in Haryana, India, focusing on community sanitation and hygiene. The student interns will work with village council members of two villages and educate the community about hygiene through the use and maintenance of toilets.
The project will focus on rural communities that lack toilets in homes and schools. Lack of toilets affects the public health of the community and causes an increase in preventable diseases and other health and safety issues.
In order to promote villages that are free of open-defecation, student interns will construct household latrines. The project will not only facilitate the construction and repair of toilets, but will also help educate the community and the community leaders on the importance of toilets, and proper sanitation practices. Interns will discuss and develop a micro-plan on sanitation with the women’s village council members and support them in implementing the plan.
Along with educating local community members about the public advantages of sanitation, student interns will also promote the dignity of women by providing separate toilets for females at two nearby schools.
Based in Gurgaon, Haryana, India, the Sehgal Foundation works primarily in the remote, semiarid regions of Haryana and Rajasthan. To date, the organization has reached nearly 500,000 people in 464 villages, and by 2017 will expand to Bihar and aim to reach over one million people.
To ensure their resources have the greatest possible impact, Sehgal Foundation employs a rights-based approach driven by the realization that human rights are central to developing human potential. Through research and dialogue, the Sehgal Foundation designs and delivers rural development interventions that create opportunity, build resilience and provide solutions for India’s poorest communities to overcome their most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.
What Your Donation Can Do:
The funds raised by the Chapters will be used to purchase materials for building pit latrines (see photos to the left), plastic taps and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes. The rest of the funds for toilet construction will be mobilized through Swachh Bharat Mission.