Problem Addressed

This program addresses multiple issues, including: a lack of access to drinking water throughout the year; the disconnection between decentralized wastewater management in communities and sewage systems; limited sustainable access to toilet facilities; poor water and sanitation facilities in schools; and finally a lack of hygiene and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) education in schools and communities.

Innovative Approach

Shramik Bharti believes in developing a positive mindset in communities of disadvantaged people and preparing them to become change agents. Communities should be in charge of changing their own behaviour and hygiene practices, and becoming more responsible towards community WASH assets. After that, they are prepared to approach their elected representatives and achieve their support for the improvement of WASH infrastructure in their community. They are also prepared to work closely with Urban Local Body and other WASH sector players.

Therefore Shramik Bharti believes in positive facilitation with all stakeholders in the WASH sector to improve the situation in favour of disadvantaged communities.

Program Solution

Shramik Bharti aims to develop the capacities of citizen leaders in low-income areas of the city of Kanpur to work with communities on behavior change in WASH and community participation in the sustainable management of WASH infrastructure. Towards this goal, Shramik Bharti also engages the Kanpur Municipal Corporation and other stakeholders to work towards sustainable and quality WASH services.

The program also identifies and promotes sustainable technologies and practices for fecal sludge management and drinking water in urban slums. Finally, they conduct capacity building activities with school teachers for hygiene education and improve WASH services in schools.