the message that proper sanitation is fundamental to human
health care and a safe environment is our mantra. We work with all kinds of village groups and
schools in discussing why we should use toilets and what happens when we don't. We also explore
how to build, use and maintain toilets and why ecological systems are better, especially in
this part of the
world where water is such a precious commodity.
We support this message by helping to provide individual, school and public toilet systems.
We use group
dialog, film, story telling, drama and art workshops to help get our message across.
Our program explores:
- Environment - we address the question of how water becomes
contaminated by looking at the implications
of improper waste management, sanitation systems leakage and open defecation.
- Health - Disease and poor hygiene habits.
- Sanitation solutions - what are the best solutions, how to build,
use and maintain them.
- Ecological toilets - why and how.
Installation of toilet facilities.
We install eco toilet facilities
after giving initial sanitation education. Our involvement is both a financial and educational
one. We work with existing organisations involved in local village issues such as Village
Action and Palmyra who have established networks of self help groups in each village. These
groups become involved in all stages of a project including making a small financial
contribution which helps to foster a sense of responsibility and ownership. We provide
education and awareness training before, during and after construction. With our project
partners, we ensure that local people are educated in the importance of safe sanitation, get
environmentally friendly sanitation solutions and know how to use them.
The village of Thenkodippakam had many health problems due to poor sanitation and a
contaminated water supply. After a request from the self help groups for assistance, Auroville
Health Services with the help of Palmyra and Basic Water Needs Foundation launched a project
that gave health education, ecological sanitation and clean water to this village of fifteen