Amongst various social initiatives, undertaking School WASH programme is new & pioneering intervention of SATHI. Key aim of the programme is to provide child friendly infrastructure as well as safe water, better sanitation & hygiene facilities in govt. primary schools & Aaganwadis in rural regions of Himachal Pradesh. Till date, SATHI with financial support of ITC ltd under Mission Sunehra Kal initiative implemented school WASH activities in 39 schools & 05 Aaganwadis of Manpura ( Baddi) industrial area of Nalagarh block of district Solan (HP).
Under Mission Sunehra Kal prgramme, School WASH activities carried by SATHI are: Construction of boundary walls, child friendly toilet blocks & urinals , Hand wash station, new kitchens & mid-day meal stations, TLM BALA paintings , class rooms repairs , Electricity fitting & Other maintenance works in School-Aagwanwadi building. In addition, SATHI also sensitized the School management committee & child cabinet for O&M of created assets, collection of school maintenance fund, maintaining proper cleaningness- sanitation in school premises. Through provision of soap banks in school-Aaganwadis, childrens are sensitized for adoption of healthy hygienic practices etc. The number of schools/Aagwanwadis covered under school WASH programme is as follows:-
1. Schools Covered (Education Block Ramshahar & Nalagarh, Distt Solan, HP): 39 Nos.
2. Aaganwadis Covered ( Development Block Nalagarh , Distt Solan, HP): 5 Nos.
In addition, under sanitation promotion activities of MSK, SATHI with support of local community constructed 280 no. sanitary toilets for poor & marginalized families and made 15 villages 100 % ODF in Nalagarh block of Solan (HP). Through workshop, seminars & village meetings, community is sensitized for regular use of toilets and cleaning ness- sanitation in villages. For empowerment of women, 35 SHG of local women are formed. These groups are involved in regular saving – inter loaning & income generation activities. SATHI has also provided skill training on income generation & one time start up support to some most active SHGs.