Supply of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene are important aspects of human health. The MDGs (subsequently SDG’s Goal-6) gave due importance to access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. Reinforcing its commitment to sanitation, GoI has launched a nationwide campaign under Swachha Bharat Mission (SBM).
Recognising the need for CSO engagement in WASH sector, we have been working on WASH issues for over a decade with an emphasis on backward and remote pockets in parts of Telangana State where poor and vulnerable communities live. MARI’s WASH program aims to enhance equitable access to drinking water and sanitation facilities. The programmatic interventions are focussed in a continuum of demand generation, improved governance and policy influencing. The projects implemented in this direction are promotion of community participation in management and maintenance of drinking water sources and sanitation facilities; people centered advocacy for improved WASH governance; inclusion of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH sector; improved access to safe drinking water through promotion of safe water stations; and influencing policies and institutions for realisation of right to water and sanitation.
Project Title: Promotion of Safe water Station of Telangana State
Funded by: Safe Water Network (SWN), New Delhi, India
Location: Warangal, Mahboobnagar, Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts of Telangana State
Time Period: 2009 to 2020
Main Objective: To establish safe drinking water plants and in the process establish robust systems to ensure financial and technical sustainability.
Output/Impact: Established 132 community-managed safe water stations, resulting in availability of quality drinking water to over 66000 households.
Project Title: Strategic Support to Eliminate Open Defecation in Telangana
Funded by: UNICEF
Location: All nine rural districts of Telangana State
Time Period: 2015 – 2016
Main Objective: To transform the defecation practices of rural population and achieve ODF at GP level (as mentioned in the G.O. M.S. No. 92 issued by the Government of Telangana State) by capacitating and mobilizing PRIs, in particular Village Sarpanches.
Expected outcomes: The project is expected to form the State level Sarpanches forum as well as Learning Sharing group with WASH experts. In addition, 500 Sarpanches would be oriented and equipped on SBM. A report by compiling 12 best practices on ODF from Telangana State would also be produced and published.
Project Title: Hygiene Indication in Primary Schools
Funded by: Dettol-India
Location: Medak, Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Adilabad districts of Telangana State
Time Period: January – August 2016
Main Objective: To build capacities of teachers and primary school children in 106 primary schools towards promoting conducive behavioural changes in achieving Swachh Bharat Mission objectives – ‘Realising Swachh Vidyarthi, Swachh Vidyalaya and Swachh Gaon’.
Expected outcomes: All the schools covered by the project are provided with IEC material, teacher’s handbooks, and study and work book materials along with Dettol liquid hand wash soap. Children in the target schools are informed on personal hygiene, hygiene in school, community and special circumstances.