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Read features about the child's environment in different parts of India.

Youth volunteers become elected representatives
Gram Panchayat (local governance) functioning in Birvali village, Latur district in Maharashtra state has undergone tremendous change. Today people’s views are taken into consideration and participatory decision making is followed as a principle.

Children of Valsad take action
The handpumps of Sherimal primary school in Valsad district of Gujarat which had been out of order for more than one year are now functional. This has been possible because of the initiative of the school children.

Nirmal Satyagrah (Cleanliness Agitation)
Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of Satyagrah or truth force, a new mass movement has been introduced in Chhattisgarh that aims to inspire the state’s vast rural population into adopting healthy sanitation practices and pledge to stop...

In Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri District toilets are being constructed in hundreds
Jingaloor was a village that did not have a single toilet until the UNICEF started its Child Friendly Village Planning programme. Santhamoorthy, Total Sanitation Coordinator of the Vepanapalli Block, tells us that the village now has 76 toilets.

Overcoming the three year itch
Pitamber Soren is a lecturer. Every morning he walks five kilometres to reach the nearest bus stop where he boards a crowded bus to his college in Chaibasa, a town approximately 40 kilometres away from his village Jhaprisole .

No longer condemned to a life of filth
Sixty-one year old Kamla was reborn two years ago. 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 of eight.

Towards achieving total sanitation
Sanitation training camp for anganwadi workers sponsored by UNICEF and conducted by Centre for Environment Education, Bangalore.

Cluster Storage Strategy: a viable approach toward water security in Gujarat
Meherben, 54, a housewife of remote Warli village in Banni, Gujarat says, “Our life was miserable without water. We used to fetch water from a government water supply point 4 km away from the village”.

Children unite to conserve water in Maharashtra
The students of Pandhurna Bujurg village in Ghatanji block of Yavatmal district in the state of Maharashtra recently constructed a vanrai bandhar, a type of check dam, on a nullah near their school.

P Amudha receives Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of Rural Sanitation in Tamil Nadu
On 15th August, 2005, at the Independence Day function in Chennai, the Government of Tamil Nadu honoured UNICEF project Officer Ms. P. Amudha with a Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of Rural Sanitation in the state.

UNICEF partners with community to initiate a cleanliness drive in relief camps
UNICEF partnered with the government and NGOs to mobilise communities in relief camps to clean up the open defecation and build toilets for men and women within the camp area.

UNICEF brings water to parched relief camps
UNICEF drove in two trucks carrying 15 water storage tanks into the tsunami wrecked district of Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, on 31st December 2004.

Doctors fear epidemics in overcrowded camps
The sea that provides livelihood, also gives death.

Catching them young
The bell has been sounded for lunch at a primary school in a remote part of Gujarat and within seconds, there is pandemonium all around.



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