Water, sanitation and hygiene have crucial impacts on health. According to WHO, improving water, sanitation and hygiene has a potential to prevent 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of global deaths. While there has been an increased focus on construction of toilets, in the absence of proper education and mechanisms to maintain the facility, the usage rate is still very low.
Creation of ODF Villages -
We promote the construction and use of toilets — for every household and at a village level. Our aim is the achieve 100% toilet coverage and ODF status for the communities in which we work. We work towards developing ownership of communities for achieving ODF by adopting the principles of Community led Total Sanitation. In 2017 and '18, we aim to support construction of 9000 and 4000 new toilets, respectively - which will help close the sanitation gap in core villages.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) -
Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. We ensure children have access to safe water, ensure access and use of toilets, and promote good hygiene practices — especially hand washing with soap.
Personal & Environmental Hygiene -
Sensitisation towards personal hygiene and environmental hygiene through various means of health awareness. Awareness at school level helps to improve the sanitation and behaviour change. Creating Swachata Doot, cadres of student peer volunteers.
Village Health & Sanitation Committees -
Committees are formed at village level, which are empowered to take care of the sanitation and health issues at village level. ACF provides technical support, strengthening these structures for change in community, which last for longer time.
Journey towards ODF Villages
Ambuja Cement Foundation places a large focus on the role of sanitation in providing a healthy, disease free environment in the communities in which it works.
Our Sakhis, staff and volunteers play an driving role in promoting the construction and use of toilets in order to achieve ODF status.
Need loan - build toilet!
When Kavita Sudhakar Kudsange wanted a loan for agriculture, the bank denied her application because she had no toilet in her house. So Kavita decided to approach the Women's Federation for help. “The Federation was convinced that sanitation should be a prime focus and wanted to ensure that no woman should suffer the way I did - so they decided to help.” And so a partnership was forged with Gruh…Read more