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  • Bengaluru, KARNATAKA
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Working towards a clean environment and providing toilets to girl students in government schools

Sanitation has an impact on the dignity, sexual health and above all the safety of women. Lack of proper sanitation facilities results in an increase in the girl child drop-outs from schools, as well as the attendance of female teachers. In the year 2013-14, 18% or 257,680 schools in India lacked toilets, [according to the 2013-14 data Indian Government - see U-DISE]. Improving this situation will contribute greatly towards increasing female literacy.

In 2015, Sewa started a pilot sanitation project partnering with  Seva Kirana, in Bengaluru, Karnataka State, India. The focus was on sanitation facilities for girls in schools as well as in slums

  •  A total of 60 toilets were built in 2015.
    • In the prototype phase, Sewa commissioned toilets in 4 government schools in Anekal, Karnataka [45 km East of Bengaluru]. Check out the video testimonial from the Principals of a school where two toilets have been built.
    • For the academic year 2015-2016, these schools saw 87% increase in girl child enrollment.
    • The next phase consisted of implementation in slums of urban areas in Bengaluru.
    • Slum Area implementation: Laggere, Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, Tyagi Nagar, Ginishashtra Nagar, and  Rajajinagar
  • The target for 2016 was 100 toilets. We built 83 toilets in 2016. 
    • 2016 saw a huge growth AGAIN. Toilets in the following areas were built.Matthikire, Bhimshakthinagar, Sumanahalli, Yeshwantpur, Muthyalammanagar, Podu, Harinagar, Puttenahalli, Alahalli, Mantapa, Bingipura, and Koppa.
    • Ten toilets are being built in a charity school at Muduganahalli, Chintamani taluk, Kolar District, Karnataka State.
    • In a major marketing initiative undertaken jointly with Teen Taal, Seva Kirana and Sewa International have adapted a poignant video Yes, I can Go to School
    • Bidar and Varanasi were 2 more projects in 2016. 
    • At the Vidhyapeeth School where tribal children study and majority of them are girls, 30 toilets have been built. In addition, we repaired 6 of their toilets with septic tanks and soak pits to serve over 1,000 girls.
    • In Ram Nagar, Biti village and Rathanbagh near Varanasi, UP,  30 toilets have been built.
    • In Varanasi, after school tuition centers have been created to teach ‘Samskaras’ and provide extra learning.  From about 50 students, today the student population has grown to 1000 in numbers and students per center have increased over 80%. Their attendance in school as well as the tuition centers has been close to 100%. 
  • The target for 2017 is 150 new toilets. 
    • In 2017 we have received corporate help from Texas instruments to build toilets, washbasins and drainages in poor government schools. We have completed work on 10 schools so for, and will continue to build these facilities in other schools.
    • Further initiative will be to build more toilets in the Chunar School in Varanasi as well as work in the Pahadi regions.
    • In Bijapura [Swami Vivekananda] school in Karnataka, our first phase will be to address the toilet issues, along with bathrooms to shower and virtual classrooms to further enhance the students learning.
    • There are 2000+ students from the tribal area study in this school. There is also a boarding school, majority of them are girls from the Banjara tribes. 
    • We also have initiatives in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
    • Bay Area has adopted Toilet for the Girl Child as their Star Project.
    • We are pleased to welcome Sacramento to the Toilet for the Girl Child Fund Raising Program.
    • PA-DE chapter continues to raise funds through Cricket for the Toilet for the Girl Child Program
    • The DIY campaign raised $10,000 in 2016 and has a target of $20,000 for 2017.
    • We are also working with large donors raising awareness of the girl child issues in India.
    • We are very grateful to all the Chapter initiatives and donors.

       

 

Yes, I can go to school!

 

 A toilet could determine whether a girl continues her education or not... See this wonderful production of Teen Taal

 

Building a toilet will lay a concrete foundation for many a girl’s future!

 

Let’s contribute!

Let’s build!

Let’s make every girl child say “Yes, I can go to school!” 

 

 

 

 

Testimonial from the Principal of School in Anekal District, Karnataka

Sewa International's Seva Kirana toilets got tremendous support from the faculty and students of the Government Municipal Middle girls school in Anekal.

 

 

 

Acknowledgements 

Sewa is grateful for Karnataka Govt and Bengaluru Municipal Corporation [BBMP] for providing space, permits, septic tank access, water pipelines and other logistics.

  

About Sewa Kirana

Sewa Kirana [www.sevakirana.org] is an initiative of Hindu Sewa Pratishtana that strives to provide equal opportunities to underprivileged children in the slums and encourage self-sustaining communitiestowards the upliftment of slum dwellers in Bangalore. Their main focus is to serve the underserved in Education, Healthcare, Hygiene, Women empowerment, Waste management among other things. As a part of their women empowerment and hygiene initiatives, Seva Kirana started building toilets for girls in different schools in Bangalore. Seva Kirana is one of the star projects of Sewa International USA. 

 

About TeenTaal

TeenTaal offers creative music services focused primarily on social causes in the Indian Sub-Continent. Their goal is to create public awareness about the social causes through the cosmic rhythm of Indian music. TeenTaal has previously worked on projects such as adverse effects of television on the family interaction, teachings of Swami Vivekananda and anti-spitting promotions. The organization’s goal is to integrate music with technology in order to spur social awareness. TeenTaal aspires to build a platform enabling NGO volunteers to contribute and track particular projects.

For more information on TeenTaal, visit www.teentaal.in 

Email: info@teentaal.in     Facebook: http://facebook.com/teentaal.in

          

TeenTaal worked with Indian Idol Ms. Anjana Padmanabhan, Ms. Rajani BC, David Bernabo and Nandini Mandal in producing the music video.

 

About OngoingBox

David Bernabo is a musician, documentary, filmmaker, 2D and installation artist, and dancer based in Pittsburgh. He recently finished feature length documentary, Ongoing Box and gave a stellar performance “The Reduction”. For more information visit http://www.davidbernabo.info/

 

About Nandanik Dance Academy

Nandanik Dance Group a leading ethnic dance academy in Pittsburgh performing and conducting various fund raising events for social causes, please visit http://www.nandanik.com 

 

Sanitation in India is a widespread issue that has an impact on the dignity, general health, sexual health and even the safety of women. Lack of proper sanitation facilities results in an increase in girl child drop-outs from schools. According to the Unified District Information System data for Education [U-DISE] for the year 2013-14, there are a total of 257,680 schools without a toilet, which amounts to about 18% of the total schools in India. The lack of toilets affects not only girl child attendance in schools but also the attendance of female teachers. Improving sanitation facilities in schools will contribute greatly towards increasing female literacy.

Since January 2015, Sewa International has been working in Bengaluru with a vision to improve sanitation facilities for girls in schools. Sewa partnered with a local non-profit organization, Seva Kirana, to address the acute need for toilets and sanitary napkins for school-going girls. This initiative was carried out in the following stages:

  • The pilot project involved building of toilets in 4 government schools in Anekal. For the academic year 2015-2016, the schools saw about 87% increase in girl child enrollment.

  • The second stage of the project was implemented in the Laggere slum area of Bengaluru - Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, Tyagi Nagar, Ginishashtra Nagar, Rajaji Nagar and Chintamani [near Kolar]

So far, this year, Seva Kirana in partnership with Sewa International, has built 76 toilets in the Bengaluru area. The work has been made possible by generous donations from NRIs. The Karnataka Govt and BBMP have been instrumental in providing space, permits, septic tank access, water pipelines and other logistics.

Two of our volunteers from Cleveland, Mr. Ram Ramanan and Mrs. Jayanthi Ramanan worked full time in slums in Bangalore from winter 2014 to summer of 2015 to oversee the first two stages of the project. They will be going back to Bangalore in January 2016 to fully devote their time for this noble cause.

Recently Sewa has partnered with TeenTaal to create public awareness about this issue. TeenTaal has created a music video that aptly captures the graveness of the sanitation issue from a girl’s perspective. The song also conveys the helplessness of parents who are unable to send their daughters to school due to the lack of basic sanitation facilities.

 

A toilet could determine whether a girl continues her education or not...

Building a toilet will lay a concrete foundation for many a girl’s future!

 

Let’s contribute!

Let’s build!

Let’s make every girl child say “Yes, I can go to school!”

 

Campaign by

Aravinda Rajagopal

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