Some facts and figures about sanitation in India
Ending open defecation is not just about access to toilets, it’s about normalizing toilet-usage, generating demand for toilets, and coaxing people to use them every single day. Open defecation is an age-old practice that is seen as “normal” in many communities.
For women and girls, access to sanitation is crucial for the maintenance of health, safety, and dignity. For women and girls, toilets provide a space to manage menstrual hygiene and are an important measure in mitigating the risk of harassment whilst defecating in the open around dusk and dawn.
In 2015, Sewa started the "#Yes! I can go to School" program in the slums and government schools of Bengaluru, Karnataka. We expanded our project to the state of Uttar Pradesh, and other parts of the state of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in 2016 and 2017. Since 2015, our sanitation projects have benefited 7,803 families and 24,989 school children from various sections of Indian communities.
Currently, Sewa International is working with these three sections of society:
1. Government-guaranteed permanent land dwelling slums: 81 toilets in Karnataka, benefiting 3263 families.
2. Rural India: 186 toilets in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh benefiting 4,540 families and 8,312 school children.
3. Government schools: 140 toilets in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, benefiting 16,677 school children.