A Brave Crusader (Nanded, Maharashtra)
A bespectacled lady dressed in sober, pastel-hued sari, carrying a long handbag, driving her scooty in the morning when people of her age generally sit back and enjoy a steaming cup of tea, leisurely perusing the newspapers - this is Ms.Sulochana Mukhedaker, a retired lecturer from junior college-Nanded. She is a lady with a mission, dedicated to the cause of a sanitized & Hygienic Nanded. She enthuastically shows her preserved documents that dates back to 1995 when there was a program detailing how the city of Bengaluru (then Banglore) is on the way to be a sanitized and hygienic city. This ignited the desire in Ms.Mukhedaker to see her Nanded as a Clean city.
Bhudhar’s Journey to ODF Status
Gram Panchayat Bhudhar, in Kherwada block of Udaipur district of Rajasthan comprises four revenue villages: Bhudhar, Ratanpura, Gothpada, and Magrabawji, with 1217 households. On the evening of 13th January 2012, the field team of Feedback Foundation paid a pre-triggering visit to Bhudhar and met with a few key persons: Anganwadi workers, ANM workers, wardpanch and sarpanch, and decided on 18th January’12 as the date for triggering. Prior to this, none of the households had their own toilets, and went out for defecation. None of the anganwadis had toilets, while schools had toilets which were non-functional and unused. The community came together and for 2 days, laboured free of cost to make a road which could be used by trucks to transport the required materials.
Sanitation Flag Bearer – Child in Brigade
Kisna Saikia, 9 is a child studying in class 4 of 757 Lower Primary School in Hollophukhan GP of Sivasagar district of Assam. She is a resident of Dhamdhuli village of the GP and stays with her mother, Grandmother and Aunt. She participated in school triggering at Ligribari Primary School during the month of February 2015 and emerged as quick learner by responding to multiple questions of the facilitators. She also inquisitively asked advantages of safe hygienic practices and reiterated in front of entire students. Post school triggering, she narrated the key learning at the school and demonstrated the safe hand washing practices to other household members.
ODF village in midst of Satkosia Tiger Reserve
Labangi is a small village in Balang Gram Panchayat of Angul block. The Gram Panchayat including the village lies in Satkosia Tiger Reserve which forest area. To approach the village, one has to drive through kuccha road for 5 KM on a hilly terrain and then walk for around 250 metersThe village is a remote village of GP and usually no government programme is being implemented by them.The households in the village are scattered and they are cut off from electricity connection as well. Almost every household in the village has solar panel which has provision of lighting 2 blubs. That facility also gets disrupted during rainy season.
A Leader Breeds Many
Ms. Saraswati Pradhan is a resident of Nugaon village of Chendiapada Gram Panchayat of Angul block in state of Odisha. She has a household size of 4 members .She is housewife and also an active member of a SHG. The household compound is shared by 2 families, including her and her brother in law. She along with her entire family used to defecate in open prior to intervention.