What is Clean India Mission?
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) is a national campaign launched by the Government of India, on 2nd October 2014, the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by PM Narendra Modi. Open defecation poses a serious threat to the health of children and dignity of women and encounters such as snake bites. Poor sanitation also cripples national development as workers produce less, live shorter lives, save and invest less, and, are less able to send their children to school. The Government of India is aiming to achieve Open Defecation Free -India by 2nd October 2019- the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India. While Clean India Mission has become a household word only now, IDRF has been executing this program since 2009 in Gujarat and 2013 in Telangana.
IDRF and Clean India Mission
At present IDRF is implementing rural sanitation program with three partner-NGOs, having an impeccable track record of services to the underprivileged for over two decades.
- Economic Rural Development Society- is working on providing eco-friendly rural
sanitation units for 3,000 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in West Bengal. This project will benefit 18,000 people by providing them with low-cost sanitation facilities at the household level and create a healthy and safe environment for better living. As of now, 500 sanitation units have been supported by IDRF for this project.
- In 2016, IDRF collaborated with Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society, for constructing toilet-cum-bathroom units for the disadvantaged rural communities of Tamil Nadu. So far IDRF has financed 36 units, and this rural sanitation project is expected to accelerate in the near future.
- In 2017, IDRF has joined hands with Magan Sangrahalaya Samiti to eliminate open defecation, unhygienic disposal of night soil and effluent water in villages of Wardha in Maharashtra. Under this project, 1,000 sanitation units consisting of a toilet, bathroom and water storage tank will benefit 7,000 villagers.
Benefits of Rural Sanitation Units
These rural sanitation units provide the women and girls with a safe and secure structure to attend to their personal hygiene and free them from the agony, stress and risk associated with defecation in open unsafe places and bathing in unprotected spaces. Use of sanitation units in the rural areas puts an end to open defecation related diseases. This decrease in diseases reduces the medical expenses and increase the number of working days for the beneficiaries, thus, boosting the income, level of confidence and dignity of their households.
How can you help with Clean India Mission?
Here is an excellent opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged rural families!
$ 250 will enable one rural family to have a toilet at home in West Bengal
$ 275 will help one family to have private sanitation unit consisting of toilet-bathroom and water storage tank in Maharashtra
$ 550 will provide individual toilet-cum-bathroom for one family in Tamil Nadu