Project Dignity
Project Dignity

Project Dignity is the name given to the project on Environmental Sanitation undertaken by Rotary India Humanity Foundation. The name has been chosen as because its an effort to restore dignity of rural-people in particular the women/girls who go for open defecation.

Background :
Government of India implemented several schemes to develop sanitation in rural areas and urban areas in India. A brief of the schemes are given here under.

The Central Rural Sanitation Program the first national program to increase access to rural sanitation on a large scale,was launched in 1986. Despite considerable investment, this approach failed to motivate and sustain high levels of sanitation coverage.

Total Sanitation Campaign was launched in 1999. The TSC moves away from the infrastructure focussed approach of earlier programs and concentrates on promoting behaviour change.

Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) an incentive scheme was initiated in 2003 which was aimed to energise the TSC. This award was for fully sanitised and open-defecation-free gram panchayats, blocks and districts. The award gained immense popularity and contributed effectively in bringing about a movement in the community for attaining the Nirmal Status thereby significantly adding to the achievements made for increasing the sanitation coverage in the rural areas of the country.

"Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan" (NBA) is the name given to The TSC , effective 1 April 2012.

To accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put focus on sanitation, the Prime Minister of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October, 2014, which aims to achieve Swachh Bharat by 2019, as a fitting tribute to the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which in rural areas shall mean improving the levels of cleanliness in rural areas.

Present situation :
With the effort put by the governments and the NGOs engaged in the field the situation has developed a lot. But two issues need to be considered. The toilets provided long back have come to such a condition that are almost redundant. Even the type of those toilets are very primitive in nature without having any enclosure. Lastly there are some still un-ventured locations in the country which need immediate action. Having understood the situation there is always scope of making more toilets.

In West Bengal the situation is no better than the rest of the country. A number of places have been identified which require large number of toilets.

The impact of having proper sanitary toilets :

  • Environmental Impact:
    • A cleaner and better environment with a much reduced level of disease causing germs.
  • Social Impact:
    • Ensuring reduction in infant mortality rate.
    • Reduction in loss of productive man-days.
    • Empowerment of women, securing their dignity.
    • Ensuring better health means reduction in government exchequer towards health-service.

Operational Procedure:

  • Awareness campaign among the prospective beneficiaries.
  • Convincing them about the benefit of having toilet.
  • Knowledge sharing about maintenance of toilet.
  • Starting construction
  • Handing over

Our Plan

We plan to construct toilets in rural areas and to hand over the same to the beneficiaries. As a sub- process we need to find out locations, to short list beneficiaries, campaigning for mass-awareness, monitoring construction and finally handing over the same with a proper training to be imparted to the beneficiaries as to how to use and maintain the same.

The model of the toilets will be as per laid down by WHO, UNICEF.


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