India is one of the fastest growing economies, yet it faces several public related health challenges. Lack of toilet facilities lead to poor hygiene especially, amongst girls. Inadequate sanitation is a major cause of disease and improving sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial impact in health of households and communities.
Finolex Industries and Mukul Madhav Foundation since June 2017 have been working closely in Palghar to create individual toilets to tribal villages in collaboration with Kherwadi Social Welfare Association's (KSWA) Yuva Parivartan.
These toilets are designed in an ecofriendly manner comprising of a squatting pan, A sub-structure (pit) containing, decomposing and disposing excreta (which over the period of 5 years will be evolved to manure that is required for farming) and a super structure (body) (2*3 ft) tiled for privacy and protection from weather factors. Each individual toilet is provided with solar light. The toilets have name boards in the name of the lady of the household.
This project has been undertaken as a goal to improve sanitation in the rural community of India.
A need assessment was carried out with the villages before providing them with the toilets teaching them on ill effects of open defecation and health hazards. The key objective of this project is:
To inculcate clean hygiene practice a mug and a bucket was provided along with training them how to clean the toilets.
The project was carried out phase wise.
On completion of these projects these villages have been declared as Open Defecation Free villages.
Additionally a Solar pump has been provided to Vadavli village which will cater the domestic needs of the family. This pump will prevent people from walking long distances to the river to fetch water. This pump can also be run manually during monsoon season when there is poor sunlight.
While working in this project we have received the support from ZF Gears for construction of 50 toilets at a cost of Rs. 11.42 lac. FIL and MMF have spent an amount of Rs. 60 lac towards this project. A government subsidy of Rs. 3 lac has been received by some of the villagers depending upon their eligibility conditions. Rs. 3.58 lac was the contribution by villages towards this project.
Villagers at Palghar hail from the low income group, however to encourage them to give back to the society; a token amount of Rs. 2050/- per households was collected. This money is being kindly donated to the Sainik board managed by the Central Government for the welfare of widows and the families of the soldiers lost in war. A total amount of Rs. 1,94,000/- has been donated till date.
In November 2017 Kherwadi Social Welfare Association who under their Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP) is working towards making villages in the Palghar region open defecation free by constructing a toilet for every household, educating the households about good personal and community health and hygienic practices including keeping their surroundings clean and safe approached FIL and MMF to build toilets for these villagers.
FIL / MMF constructed 50 individual toilets equipped with solar lights at Sonale, a tribal village in Palghar District, Maharashtra and was inaugurated on 8th January 2018. The toilets have been personalized by individual name boards which are in the name of the lady of the household and have also donated a mug and a bucket to each beneficiary to inculcate good hygiene practice.
In the second phase Mukul Madhav Foundation Introduced this project to ZF Steering Gear, Pune to encourage their support for another additional 30 toilets at Vadavli village, Taluka Wada which was inaugurated on 12th June 2018.
In the third phase FIL and MMF in collaboration with ZF Steering Gear, Pune constructed and inaugurated 50 toilets on 21st December 2018 in Taluka Wada in the villages of Vadavli, Vihre and Keiv.
A total of 130 toilets have been constructed in this area and now has been announced open defecation free.
Additionally, 77 toilets are in the construction stage in the villages namely Karalgaon and Keltan which will be due for inauguration in May 2019. On construction and completion these villages will be declared open defecation free.
|1||Karalgoan , Keltan||Tribal Village||Palghar||76||900 Aprox||76||
|2||Sange Nane||Tribal Village||Palghar||125||
Alongside the toilets a new initiative was provided where a solar pump has been provided to Vadavli village which will cater to the farming and domestic needs to a population of 500 people and the cattle flock. This pump will prevent people from walking long distances to the river to fetch water. This pump can also be run manually during monsoon season when there is poor sunlight.
Outcome of the project:
Villagers at Sonale hail from the low income group, however to encourage them to give back to the society we have collected Rs. 2000/- per household for the toilets. This money is being kindly donated to the Sainik board managed by the Central Government for the welfare of widows and the families of the soldiers lost in war.
Located 115 km away from Mumbai, Palghar district has a sizeable tribal population. Although, the district is located closer to Thane and Mumbai, some villages in the district still remain underdeveloped without access to basic amenities. Hence, Finolex and MMF has decided to bridge the gap with such welfare initiatives related to sanitation and water.