“Open Defecation Free” Maharashtra – CSR initiative with Goodyear Tyres

April 12, 2016

IAHV’s implementation agency, PMU, have just completed a 4 month intensive sanitation project with Goodyear Tyres Pvt Ltd. building over 650 high quality toilets towards making 9 villages “Open Defecation Free”

The team of YLTP leaders, Rural Managers and Yuvacharyas managed to complete this thorough project (involving high quality documentation through technology driven monitoring and evaluation systems) within the short timeline of 4 months. That’s a rate of more than 5 toilets built per day!

The quality of the work inspired the locals to work towards the betterment of their villages.

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“When our toilets are like palaces, how can we live in huts?”

 

Many have started or are planning to rebuild their homes with funds saved from stopping alcohol use. The local village temple was also rebuilt because toilets were looking so good.

 

Awesome leadership in the villages by  Parmeshwar Rajbinde, Dr Purushotham Wayal, Somnath Sonawe and Venkatesh Mangalaram - our super inspiring leaders who motivated entire villages to stand up and take action towards safe sanitation practices.

Excellent leadership in the villages by Parmeshwar Rajbinde, Dr Purushotham Wayal, Somnath Sonawe and Venkatesh Mangalaram – our inspiring leaders who motivated entire villages to stand up and take action towards safe sanitation practices.

 "When we visited the villages for the first time...there was human waste all around and villages smelt bad. When we visited at the end of project, surrounding land was clean and everyone was cleaning and using these 'palace-like' toilets"


“When we visited the villages for the first time…there was human waste all around and villages smelt bad. When we visited at the end of project, surrounding land was clean and everyone was cleaning and using these ‘palace-like’ toilets”

Maharashtra Minister of Sanitation and Water, Shri Babrao Lonikar, attended the handover event on 28th March at one of the project villages, Khandiviwadi in Jalna district.

Community spirits were high and the village committees were looking forward to the next steps. All 9 villages have done our Art of Living courses. We have started bio-gas plants in some places and planted Lakshmitaru trees around homes.

Community spirits were high and the village committees were looking forward to the next steps in community development. All 9 villages have done our Art of Living courses. We have started bio-gas plants in some places and planted Lakshmitaru trees around homes.

 

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