Children and WASH
Demonstration of Appropriate technology solutions for safe and healthy environment for children
Children being the focus of the project, this was one of the innovative approach of technical intervention to address the major living environmental health concerns. Issues such as poor sanitation facilities, indoor air, quality of water and soil for children living in slums were being addressed through our intervention.
The low cost technology intervention under this project ensured replicable models for WATSAN and waste management primarily at the school and anganwadis and at the community level. Successful implementation of this project went through rigorous processes like School Led Total Sanitation Approach (SLTS) and through Gender Sensitivity involving women and to build their capacities to tackle urban environmental problems that affect children. In addition the project also designed and developed waste-to-energy systems for community level waste management and energy for clean cooking and lighting by building capacity of the community.
Safe and Healthy Environment for Children of Waste Workers
The never-recognised segment of the city life, the waste workers and their children, were in focus under this project. Here we aimed at mainstreaming their life and living conditions by providing better access to services and improving their practices.
The project has strategically implemented through Gender Sensitivity, Campion (BCC) for safe WATSAN and hygiene behaviour by creating women SHGs of waste workers and capacitated in terms of skills and knowledge for raising family income. Keeping focus on advocacy and dissemination of good practices in bringing about change in policies and guidelines was one of the strategies under the project. This was ensured with regard to providing safety and security to waste workers, and for enforcement of law prohibiting employment of children as waste workers. More than 600 children relinquished rag and are now tagged with social security schemes. Informal waste workers in the city are now organised and are being recognised.
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