Arati and her husband have three children who didn’t have a secure place to study. They now come home, eat their meal and prepare for the next day of school.
488 people have lost their lives and more than 54,00,000 individuals have been displaced. Nearly 11,000 houses have been washed away in the floods. Habitat for Humanity India is responding to the disaster to support the people of Kerala.
A school in Silvassa had only one sanitation unit for all of their students and staff. It was always dirty and never had enough water. Now, the school boasts 20 urinals, 13 lavatories, a sanitary napkin vending machine and an incinerator to dispose them. The school authorities and the girls see the complex as a temple to keep clean.
1 in 3 children drop out before elementary school because they don’t have a secure space to study or access to sanitation facilities. Building homes, and equipping schools with sanitation units helps children continue their education.
The lack of decent sanitation facilities mean that women have to defecate in the open. They go early in the morning or wait till nightfall, in fear of being seen. Installing units allows them easy access and makes them feel safer.
Open defecation leads to the spread of illnesses and higher mortality rates. Driving usage of these sanitation facilities helps build healthy and hygienic communities.
We conduct detailed assessments of the community and its members to better understand their needs. This helps us build homes that match their lifestyle and needs.
We provide technical and financial resources to a construct a home, and work with trusted NGOs at the grassroots level. This helps us get a better understanding of the community and ensures successful implementation.
We bring multiple organisations having a common objective together, to support our implementation and advocacy efforts. This increases the scale and the impact of our work.
We directly reach out to key stakeholders within communities to assess the needs, and undertake the entire project - from planning to implementation.
We conduct detailed assessment of community members to understand their needs. This helps us build homes in accordance with their requirements, whether it is the house layout or a solar panel.
Building a sanitation unit alone doesn’t ensure it is usage, as there are still apprehensions on how to use them. We engage communities in a Behaviour Change Communication Program to drive usage.
Our programs are designed to instil a sense of ownership for the homes within the community through financial contribution and savings for repairs and improvements.
A home is foundational to the safety and wellbeing of a family. It changes everything. Our goal is to build strength, stability and self-reliance in families across India through shelter and sanitation. These stories highlight experiences of some of the families we have engaged with.