Ghashiram Murmu begins his sanitation journey at home
Mr. Ghasiram Murmu (35 years) a tribal who is differently abled stays with his family at Khakripara, Mahtodih, in the neighbourhood of the Jojobera plant. The family did not have a toilet in their house, so they had to travel far for defecation.
Tata Power along with Aident started a programme on Sustainable sanitation.
Mr. Ghasiram Murmu and his family participated in the awareness activities organised in the village which helped them understand the importance of adopting health and hygiene related practises. Despite their poor financial condition, they decided to build a toilet at home. The family put all their savings and decided to construct the toilet themselves to reduce labour cost. The whole family worked together and build a specially designed western toilet with the assistance of Aident- Tata Power's NGO partner.
The family is now using the toilet regularly and have stopped defecting in the open. The family has set an example of positive change in the village and their story inspires everyone to adapt and change their behaviour by constructing the toilets in their house to maintain a healthy life.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME: COMMUNITY LED TOTAL SANITATION (CLTS)
Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is a behavioural change programme which follows an integrated approach to achieving and sustaining open defecation free (ODF) status in villages. Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach emphasizes on behavioural change and community mobilization instead of hardware/monetary support/ subsidy. It compels the community to analyse their sanitation and waste situation and bring about collective decision-making to stop Open Defecation (OD). Awareness creation and sensitisation is done through strong messaging on ill effects of OD and unhygienic living conditions /environment using art, street plays, storytelling as well as capacity building for masons. CLTS programme can further lead on to adoption and improvement of hygienic practices; solid waste management and protection and maintenance of drinking water sources.
9665 toilets constructed by community members, 1800 toilets repaired, ~ 1 lakh people sensitised.