Launched in 2018, this projects aims at making hygienic sanitation facilities accessible to girls in remote rural areas of Wada-Bhiwandi studying in Zilla Parishad schools and High schools. The project has covered 5 schools so far and is in process of covering 8 more in Wada & Bhiwandi Taluka and 1 in Chandrapur District. It intends to provide a complete sanitation solution in the form of comfortable and user-friendly restrooms to female students in rural schools.
In rural schools, there’s lack of basic hygiene and sanitation facilities for girls. This starts to matter the most when girls reach their puberty and need special sanitation facilities. More often, due to lack of facilities, they have to miss school during their menstruation days. Not just students but also female teachers have a difficult time owing to the lack of adequate facilities. The students are from underprivileged families struggling for winning bread and hence spending on feminine hygiene is not at all a consideration for them.
Rural schools in under-developed areas lack basic facilities like toilet blocks or bathrooms. The project involves the construction of approximately 225 to 250 sq. ft. restrooms in schools in dire need of support. Along with this, counselling sessions, distribution of sanitary napkins and awareness sessions on Menstrual Health Management and several health check-up camps are held for female students to make them aware of personal health & hygiene.
The project enables rural female students to access a complete sanitation solution while attending the school. Better awareness of personal hygiene through counselling will result in good habits, better menstrual health and improve attendance at school.
So far with these 5 schools covered, about 446 female students and 12 teachers now have access to better sanitation facilities.
The project focuses on transformation of anganwadis into well equipped pre-schools suited to the rural context, by renovating the existing infrastructure of anganwadis.
The objective is to provide a healthy and hygienic environment, conducive and joyful surrounding to the children to play and learn.
The anganwadis have minimal infrastructure, lack functional electricity and sanitation facility. Many of these centers are now aged and in urgent need for civil repair, renovation and improvement in existing infrastructure. Rural parents, of late, are becoming conscious of imparting education to children from an early age to ensure their foundation for mainstream education.
This projects involves transforming anganwadis by providing support in the areas of:
A well placed anganwadi becomes a backbone of effective implementation of all ICDS programmes in health, hygiene and education.
The project has been implemented in 125 anganwadis in Wada & Bhiwandi Taluka benefiting on an average a number of 5000+ children & 250+ anganwadi teachers and helpers.