Water, environment and sanitation

Water, Environment and Sanitation



Children draw a cleaner India
A picture says a thousand words. And when almost 2000 children came together with their colors, canvas, and creativity to paint the images of ‘Clean India’ they were able to say so much on sanitation and hygiene but with a new and fresh perspective.

Clean hands save lives
School children in Orissa joined millions of children in more than 70 countries across the world on October 15 to observe the first-ever Global Handwashing Day using school children as activist advocates to promote handwashing with soap.

5.4 million Children participate in the Hand Washing Campaign in Andhra Pradesh
5.4 million school going children in 78,000 government run rural and urban schools, spread across the state of Andhra Pradesh in India participated in the National Campaign for Sanitation and Hygiene promotion on 15th October, the Global Handwashing Day.

Child Cabinets take responsibility for handwashing
From tea gardens to islands to slums to shelter homes, 200,000 children across Assam joined to celebrate the Global Handwashing Day.

NCC Cadets promote handwashing in Purulia
On 15 October, 2008 the first-ever Global Handwashing Day, Basanti Mudi, Bipasa Mahato and Anupama Pati along with fellow cadets of Mahatma Gandhi College at Lalpur marched the roads of Chakalta village..

Creating magic with clean hands
“Go and wash your hands.” A request, sometimes a plea and often reduced to a command by many a parent. But today, no one had to say it again. It was as if the 400 odd children had been waiting for it….

Rajasthan gearing up for the Global Handwashing Day
At 11 in the morning on 14th October, 2008 the Government Girl’s Senior Secondary School campus in Malviya Nagar Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, is calm and peaceful.

Global Hand Washing Day celebrated across India
There was energy and buzz across all the states as 100 million children in a hundred thousand schools and 250 thousand Gram Panchayats village associations in India prepared for the first-ever Global Handwashing Day.

Sanitation is serious business
The International Learning Exchange 2008 (ILE) started with a “handwash” on October 14. UNICEF’s India Representative, Karin Hulshof, washed her hands on the podium using soap and water to underline the importance of the Global Handwashing Day.

Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar Goes to Bat for UNICEF

Clean India Photo Contest 2008 winners announced
Chronicling the sanitation saga through the camera, photojournalists from across the country have put the spotlight of attention on various aspects of cleanliness, water waste management and environment

Rural water quality laboratories making a difference in West Bengal
More than access to water, water quality is a challenge in the state of West Bengal. Eight out of nineteen districts of the state have excess arsenic in ground water putting the health of 3.3 million people at risk.

UP Rural Madarsas’ take to Modern Sanitation
The year 2008 has been declared as International Year of Sanitation by the United Nations. This madarsa is one of the 30 rural centers of Islamic religious learning which has been chosen for a pilot project by a local NGO, Human Welfare Association (HWA).

In the comfort and dignity of Nirmal Gram
Along stony lanes dodging bushes and thorny branches going up and down and up and down somewhere out in the wild far from home in the early darkness of every morning of each day to answer the Nature’s call is obviously a tedious job.

A Ray of hope
Fifty-Two year old Prem Singh, born into a family of manual scavengers, was condemned to a life of drudgery and indignity for nearly half a century. This manual scavenger had been carrying human excreta from the young age and till few months back.

UN launches International Year of Sanitation
NEW YORK, 21 November 2007 – The United Nations today officially launched the International Year of Sanitation to accelerate progress for 2.6 billion people world wide who are without proper sanitation facilities.

India gears up to achieve sanitation for all
In a bid to accelerate the process of providing “Sanitation for All”, one year ahead of the International Year of Sanitation in 2008, the Indian Government has made an ambitious pledge to cover all anganwadis and schools on a priority basis.

"Shubhram Awards" for total sanitation launched in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad – July 10th, 2007: Supplementing the Nirmal Gram Puruskar (NGP) from the President of India, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to add to the momentum towards total sanitation in the state.

From School to Community
Charity, they say, begins at home. In the village of Tareipatpur, Orissa, every social change howsoever small, every development plan howsoever daunting, began in the school first.

A whiff of change in Kotpad
Twelve-year old Janani Muduli is a happy girl today. Hailing from Totiaguda village of Kotpad block in Koraput, she was pulled out of school two years ago by her parents because they didn’t think it necessary for girls to get an education.

Sanitation drive in full swing in Maharashtra
Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) is a comprehensive programme launched by the Government of India to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas, with a broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation

A tale of two Nirmal Gram panchayats
Fifty-year-old Jagdish Patel, Sarpanch, Bahoripar Panchayat of Jabalpur district Madhya Pradesh is bracing himself for the day when he will shake hands with the President of India.

Women lead drive for total sanitation in Uttar Pradesh
When Neetu, eldest of six daughters, came to Mirzapur Kalan as a new bride she was greatly impressed by the flush toilet at her husband’s home. At her parents’ house in a nearby village there was no such facility.

A sanitation revolution sweeps across Madhya Pradesh
Jabarha village in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh is gripped with lliteracy poverty. Yet amidst all the grim socio-economic scenario, aray of hope shines

100 per cent sanitation in Madhya Pradesh village
Tarawata village in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district stands apart from other villages - it's spick and span. This has been made possible through the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) launched by the administration almost six months back.

Nirmal Gram – The path to Total Sanitation
This is the 60th year of independence for India. It is a time for celebration in 4,429 gram panchayats and eight block panchayats across the country.

Cleanliness drive sweeps Chhattisgarh
For the largely tribal population of Chhattisgarh, where large tracts of land are hilly and forested, facilitating open defecation, a big challenge has been the transition to indoor toilet use.

Raipur villages look forward to a cleaner future
In the frugal dwellings of the Bhilai village, a village attached to Patharmohda Gram Panchayat, Raipur district, some of the people who created history live. They don’t have pucca houses and have no permanent source of income in the off-season.

Where Children Lead the Sanitation Drive
The schools in Markamtola village in Rajnandgaon district of Chattisgarh have a unique feature. In addition to the attendance roster kept by the teachers, they also maintain a sanitation register.

Walk of Shame Triggers Toilet Consciousness
Under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), a comprehensive government programme to ensure sanitation in rural areas launched in November 2005 in five districts of Chhattisgarh.

Living the utopia: Bastar sports a new look
In October last year, the residents of Shankarpur, in Pharasgaon Block, took a strange oath. They solemnly swore by the name of Maa Danteswari, a revered deity in this part of the world, that they would never practice open defecation again.

Nirmal Gram – a way of life in Bhutsar village of Gujarat
“I am very happy that I don’t have to go out into the open for defecation anymore. Even if it is raining, it is not a problem because I have a toilet now in my own house. It’s such a relief!” said Chanchalben.

World water day : challenges ahead
This year's theme of World Water Day - 'Coping with water scarcity' - comes as yet another reminder of the challenges India faces as it aspires to achieve fast track economic growth over the next five years.

Overcoming Water Scarcity
Sixteen year old Kanchan has been spared from the everyday hardship of fetching water – something that her mother and grandmother had faced for years.

Tribal girls as ambassadors of wise water management in Madhya Pradesh
Pinky Bhanwar, Hema Daval and Shobha are members of a water safety and hygiene club formed in the girls’ hostel of Tirla, District Dhar, in the tribal southern part of Madhya Pradesh. Their hostel suffered severe water scarcity.

Overcoming taboos, fostering enterprise
UNICEF conducted the second Workshop on Menstrual Hygiene and Sanitary Napkin Production, in Chennai from February 26 to 28, 2007 in association with the Cheema Foundation.

Brick making empowers rural women
With the support of UNICEF some Self-Help Groups (SHGs) have turned the world around for the tribal women of Lataput. All that was required was a bit of guidance and now they are independent with a secure future ahead of them.

Child Sanitation Minister a Role Model in Assam
Sanjeev Deori, a Scheduled Tribe 10 year old boy attending Markang Kuchi Lower Primary School two hours drive from Guwahati, in Assam, was one of only a few students who didn’t raise his hand when asked whether their homes had toilets.

Children Lead the Way Forward for Health and Hygiene in Assam
Kamput district was the first one to receive the benefits of a district-wide School Sanitation and Health (SSHE) initiative that started in 1999 and was co-sponsored by the Government of Assam and UNICEF.

Democratisation of Water in Tamil Nadu
"The engineer from Tami Nadu Water and Drainage department (TWAD) is the most popular man in village today after P Kakkan!"

Rural upliftment through total sanitation
Vishnu Gyanu Kshirsagar is a latter-day Sant Gadge Baba who goes around sweeping his village and cleaning drains. His mission after retiring as a police constable is to emulate the late Maharashtrian.

International Learning Exchange of water and sanitation experiences
India has a wealth of experience in water and sanitation (WAS) given over two decades of intervention by the Union Government, UNICEF and other agencies. It also has a legacy of traditional water and sanitation systems.

School Kids Educate Experts In Water Management In Madhya Pradesh
"We save 250,000 litres of rain water and another 105,000 litres by reusing grey water from bathrooms and kitchens every year," says Ansuya, a class IX student at the girls' residential school (Ashram) in Jhabua. "

Low-cost toilets help Bengal target total sanitation
It is something most Indians do without thinking. But in rural West Bengal, open defecation is fast becoming a rare sight. The common early morning sight of bare bottoms has disappeared completely in East Medinipur.

ILEX 1 – cross-border lessons on water and sanitation
The first International Learning Exchange in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (ILEX) organized by UNICEF concluded in New Delhi on 23 November, 2006.

Making Difference for Communities in Madhya Pradesh
Rajkumari is seventeen years old and belongs to Khuladi village of district Shivpuri of Madhya Pradesh, the central Indian state. She had completed her studies till class eight and wanted to study more but could not.

Gram Shakti projects lends new identity to Thatha village
The Gram Shakti project has imparted a new identity to village Thatha of Panchayat Samiti Bassi, Tonk, Rajasthan. The project coordinated by UNICEF, Jaipur has enthused a renewed will and fortitude in the local villagers.

Village Planning Process dilutes village boundaries
Come rains and Mhasawad village in Nandurbar district gets cut-off from the rest of the world. Life comes to a standstill and people barely manage to survive with limited means, even as health hazards loom large.

Making children the change agents
Singing of children resound the air as we approach to the Uddaramanahalli village government school in Sira Taluq of Tumkur district in Karnataka. A three-day children’s camp on personal and community hygiene has just begun under the guidance of UNICEF.

Bihar children take to streets against child labour
The children of Bihar took the centre stage of an awareness campaign against child labour.

A billion people in South Asia still lack basic sanitation
The 2nd South Asian Conference on Sanitation was held on 20-21 September, 2006, in Pakistan.

Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in India
Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in India

International Learning Exchange in Water and Sanitation sector in India during 12-24th November, 2006
India offers vast learning opportunities in water & sanitation sector sector covering a range of issues. India is implementing one of the largest national water supply and sanitation programmes in the developing countries.

For UNICEF staffer polio round turns into mission to stop child marriages
21st May 2006, National Immunization Day: The hot sultry Sunday afternoon in Bijapur, Karnataka, saw UNICEF Assistant Programme Communication Officer Sunil Verma getting ready to review health department arrangements for a major immunization effort.

National registration conference marks progress
The Chief Registrars of Births and Deaths from the States and Union Territories of India met in New Delhi for a two day Annual National Conference to discuss and review the status of registration in the country.

Gujarat leads the way in birth registration
Mohan Bhai and Parvatiben of Nali Madani village in Valsad proudly show the birth certificate of their child, Kushali, which was issued by the Government of Gujarat within 15 days of birth.

UNDP - UNICEF join hands to promote water prudent society
“I make a plea to everyone present here to come together and speak in one voice to ensure a secure water future for our children…..”

Women’s role in water and sanitation
Women’s Political Empowerment Day was celebrated in a function jointly organised by UNICEF and the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in Delhi on 24th April 2006.

Link volunteers: ensuring success in community sanitation
Nagapattinam was the hardest hit district in Tamil Nadu during the December 2004 tsunami. The days following the disaster increased the community’s risk to infectious diseases. Inadequate sanitation facilities in their tin tenements added to the problem.

Bio-intensive gardening makes school fun in Karnataka
Siddappa, a pump operator with the water works department in Gundahalli village, Gulbarga, Karnataka has a vegetable garden right under the water tank he operates.

Workshop on Women and Sanitation
A picture says a thousand words. And when almost 2000 children came together with their colors, canvas, and creativity to paint the images of ‘Clean India’ they were able to say so much on sanitation and hygiene but with a new and fresh perspective.

Mitigating Fluorosis Scourge in Madhya Pradesh
Fluorosis, caused by ingestion of excess fluoride, most commonly through drinking-water and food crops irrigated with fluoride contaminated water, affects the teeth and bones.

East Midnapore – 100% toilet coverage
The Demand Driven Sanitation Strategy was conceived, designed and initiated by UNICEF and RKMLP in collaboration with the Government of West Bengal and the Midnapore Zilla Parishad.

Safe water sources becoming a reality in arsenic-affected districts of Bihar
Arsenic was first found in Bihar in 2002, and extensive testing has since then been carried out, especially along the river Ganges. This has confirmed the presence of arsenic in 11 districts.

Bihar's Nirmal Gram – A Women's Movement
The women of Barkichilmi, Goitha, Maile and Muzaffarpur – four panchayats (village clusters in the state of Bihar) have made history by winning the most prestigious award for cleanliness and hygiene – the Nirmal Gram award.

Improved water and sanitation to speed up the achievement of all eight MDGs
Approximately 400,000 to.500, 000 children below five years of age die due to diarrhoea annually in India. Young children bear a huge part of the burden of disease resulting from the lack of hygiene and sanitation.

Community Radio airs environment issues
A unique “community radio” programme titled “Hamaar Sab Ke Baat” ("our issues") was launched by UNICEF on Sunday, 5 March 2006. The programme, aired on the Vividh Bhararti channel (102.5 FM) of All India Radio, will be broadcast every week on Sunday

Integrated District Approach through Village Planning
Village Planning is an endeavour focusing on people, especially the most vulnerable: the children, the women and the disadvantaged. Fundamentally, the endeavour is a people driven approach to bring about a significant change in the quality of life

Village Planning Initiative in Guna, Madhya Pradesh
Dirouli village has almost spick-and-span lanes and neatly swept earthen courtyards. And, there is a perceptible enthusiasm amongst the people of the village, young and old. The village seems to be in the grip of a strong wind of change.

Women Lead Total Sanitation Drive in Maharashtra
Sakhara, with barely 72 households of adivasi Gond community, falls in Pandharkawada block in Yeotmal district. Recently this village has earned recognition in the district, as the first ‘open defecation free’ village in the block

Universal sanitation gains momentum
“The key to reforming the water and sanitation sector lies with the local authorities and we are counting on UNICEF’s continuous support to do so” ,said Ms. Sunila Basant, Secretary of Department of Drinking Water, Ministry of Rural Development

Total Sanitation Campaign in Gujarat
A State level conference was organised in Ahmedabad, the state capital, jointly by the Government of Gujarat and UNICEF to promote Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC).





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