ACF’s Dadri was recently felicitated with a CSR Award by the Rotary Club (District 3011) in a glittering event in Gurgaon this October. The award appreciated the efforts of ACF in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and its sustainable impact through the years. ACF has been working in Dadri, Ghaziabad, (Uttar Pradesh) for the last 15 years in areas of Agro-based Livelihood, Health and Sanitation, Education and Women Empowerment.
Under Water and Sanitation, ACF has been working on creating awareness on the WASH model in core villages as well as in schools. Awareness campaigns are organized in the communities to promote saving water, encourage water testing practices, and to promote the installation of hand pumps and building toilets. Through such efforts, 5 core villages are now Open Defecation Free, hand pumps have benefited 375 community members, and 360 children and 350 women were reached to promote hand washing practices. At school levels, ACF conducts WASH awareness programs, distributes IEC materials and sanitary napkins to adolescent girls and women, and have repaired and improved infrastructure in two Government schools. These efforts have benefited 3500 children till date.
ACF Dadri also recently received a commendation certificate from the honorable Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Smt. Anandiben Patel for the work done on Anganwadi development at a ceremony organized by the District Administration, Gautam Buddh Nagar. Through the malnutrition program, ACF has also reached out to almost 5000 children through 50 anganwadis.
Additionally, ACF’s health workers (Sakhis) have been working rigorously during the pandemic to reach out to maximum people and create awareness of hand washing, hygiene and COVID-19 guidelines. Of particular note, Sakhi Sudha harnessed the flipbook platform to spread awareness messages about COVID-19 via WhatsApp and, post lockdown, personally went door to door in her community, engaging with over 500 people.