Media Advocacy Meet

Media advocacy meet was organized at Kamareddy. Both the print and electronic media took part in the meeting. The objective of the meeting was to aware them on WASH importance. The field level observations were shared to them and inform them their support in attaining the desired goal, mission and vision.

Community led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Training

District level CLTS training was organized jointly by WaterAid, India, SaciWATERs and LEPRA Society for the field level developmental professionals of Nizamabad district. This four day training program was given with hands-on experience in building awareness and understanding CLTS tools to trigger community towards open defecation free (ODF) villages. The participants of the program were Assistant Program manager (APM), Community resource persons (CRPs), Cluster Coordinator (CC) of IKP (Indira Kranthi Padam) from various mandals of the district.

Training on monitoring and surveillance of drinking water quality for Auxillary Nurse and Midwife (ANM)

The ANMs from the health department of Nizamabad Mandal were trained on the various health issues related to poor quality water and sanitation. Concept of WASH saturation, waterborne diseases, hygiene messages and water quality testing etc were also discussed.

Advocacy with Government Department

As part of Advocacy continues meetings take place with District collector, RWSS officials, and Helath department and other officials of Kamareddy and Nizamabad district to motivate, mobilize and improve the WASH status.

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day was observed with the school children, teachers and community with the objective to create awareness among the rural population on the importance of individual sanitary toilets and to inculcate good hygiene practices in daily life. Around 1500 people participated that include community, school children, government officials and local NGO

Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHNSC) Formation

The project team facilitated the formation of VHSNC committees. Guidelines, roles and responsibilities of the committee were shared and discussed with the committee members. Key hygiene sessions were taken by the project team including the importance to spread awareness among the community on personal hygiene, construction of sanitary toilets, water quality monitoring and waste management. Minutes of the meeting were recorded.

Global Hand Washing Day

Global hand washing day was observed in the project intervention villages. The program was organized with the school children of government schools in the GPs. A session on importance of hygiene in day to day life including the live demonstration of hand washing was given to school children, teachers and communities. Door to door procession with banner on importance of hand washing with the school children was also carried out. Sarpanch, Ward members, Teachers, MPP, other key persons and community members attended the program. Around 1000 children participated in this program.

Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) Monthly Meetings

Once the committees are trained, team facilitates monthly VWSC meetings. The committees discuss the issues regarding water supply and connection, new bore wells, water quality testing, IHSL construction, IHSL usage, drainage, chlorination, water tax collection, water tank cleaning and many more. They also review the previous month activities. Minutes of the meeting are recorded and follow up action points are also taken to resolve the existing issues.

Village and Water Sanitation Committee (VWSC) Federation

This activity created a platform to bring the stakeholder together to identify, understand and resolve the WASH issues. The working committee formed and roles and responsibilities were discussed. This committee will meet regularly and will share, discuss and identify action points in resolving water and sanitation issues.

Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC) Training

The village water and sanitation committees (decentralized entities to ensure WASH) were trained on their rights, roles and responsibilities, techniques of water quality testing, hygiene practices, information on line departments, government flagship programs and policies etc. This training is also intended to sensitize committees on the risk of poor water quality and sanitation in their households and surroundings.

Core Team Training on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Saturation

The capacity building programs were organized for identified WASH core group from entire GPs of Birkur, Biknoor, Dichpally, Kamareddy, Navipet, Nizamabad and Renjal Mandals. These were organized as part of district wide approach. The team has identified core team at village level that include SHG leader, Anganwadi worker and ASHA volunteer who has the potential to influence the community in bringing behavioral change. The core team was identified from entire villages in each Mandal and they were trained on several aspects in improving the WASH condition in their respective villages. These groups were trained also on various tools to bring out behavioral change and improve adoption of hygiene practices among the community. The training had sessions on SBM guidelines, VWSC, VHNSC and other CBO and its roles and objectives, MHM, key hygiene messages, mobilization for IHSL construction and usage, action plan and deadlines and follow ups. The participants prepared an action plan to capacitate and mobilize communities about WASH. As a follow up action participants started taking hygiene sessions to schools children, teachers, community, Anganwadi children and PHC sub centers.

School Student Committees/Cabinets Formation

Facilitated the formation of school student committees/cabinets and built their capacities to improve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) status in the schools. These committees are equipped to monitor WASH situation in the school along with the School Management Committee (SMC). These issues that are reported are taken up during the SMC meeting and while preparing School development plans.

Post Card Campaign

In support of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) towards Open defecation-free (ODF) villages, SaciWATERs organized a district level Post Card Campaign in Nizamabad. This campaign intended to request parents who don’t have individual household sanitary latrines to be the part of SBM and construct toilets in their household. The post card campaign added value to IHHSL promotion; Household felt the intensity of the IHHL construction and usage.

Hygiene Promotion in Schools, Anganwadis & Health Sub-Centers

Hygiene promotion activities are continuously undertaken among communities, Schools, Anganwadis, and Health centers. The activity is aimed to educate six key messages such as a. Hand washing with soap b. Food safety c. use of toilets d. disposal of child feces e. menstrual hygiene f. handling safe water.

Mandal level School Management Committee (SMC) training in Kamareddy & Nizamabad

The project team participated and facilitated SMC training organized by the district educational department to built capacity of SMC and prepare the school development plan.

Training for School Management Committee (SMC) On Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

School management committee (SMC) member’s trainings were given for improving the monitoring of WASH in schools. The training had sessions on how to improve monitoring and surveillance in ensuring safe WASH in schools. The training also educated the participants on their fundamental rights to ensure equity and inclusion of socially and economically vulnerable groups in the society. Mandal level SMC trainings were organized at Banswada and Bhiknoor.

Training for Core Group Girls on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)

MHM trainings were organized with the objective to create awareness and master adolescent girls capable of returning their schools as champs on MHM and other key hygiene messages. More than 140 adolescent girls from the Government high schools, Model school and KGBV School attended the two-day training. The trainings were boosted by the presence of government representatives and NGO practitioners, all of them emphasized the importance of MHM. They also gave examples on the need of building capacity to address the prongs of MHM, including breaking the silence on this subject. The training included sessions on biological and physiological changes and safe hygienic practices. As a follow up action, this core group will educate the other students of government schools in the same mandals.

Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) training on monitoring of WASH at Grama Panchayat level (village)

The village water and sanitation committees (decentralized group to ensure WASH in villages) were trained on their WASH rights, committee roles and responsibilities, water quality testing, hygiene practices, information on line departments etc. This training is also intended to sensitize on the risk of poor water quality and sanitation. Information related to various government programs and policies in improving safe water and sanitation was also shared during the training

Newsletter

A bulletin highlighting the activities conducted as a part of the project has been published and is shared among government officials and community

School Student Committees & School Cabinet Formation

School student committee and cabinets were formed and their capacity was built to improve WASH condition in the schools. These committees are equipped to monitor WASH situation. These issues that are reported are taken up during the SMC meeting and while preparing school development plans.

Postcard Campaign

To promote ODF villages, SaciWATERs has organized a district level POSTCARD CAMPAIGN in Nizamabad. This campaign is intended to request parents without individual sanitary latrines to be part of flagship program SBM and construct toilets.

Hygiene Promotion in Schools, Anganwadis & Health Sub-Centers

Hygiene promotion activities are undertaken among communities, Anganwadis, Schools and Health centers. The activity is aimed to educate them on hand wash, food safety, use of toilets, disposal of child feces, menstrual hygiene and handling safe water.

REI Training to SMC Chairpersons- Bhiknoor

School management committee (SMC) chairpersons training was organized at Bhiknoor Mandal. The training focused on improving the monitoring and surveillance in ensuring safe WASH in schools. The training also educated the participants on their fundamental rights, equity and inclusion of socially and economically vulnerable groups.

Core Group Training on WASH Saturation at Dichpally and Renjal Mandals

People with potential to influence community have been identified as Core team. Team included SHG leader, Anganwadi worker and ASHA volunteer. Teams identified from all the villages in mandal/sub district were trained on several aspects in improving the WASH condition in their respective villages. These groups were also trained on various tools to bring out behavioral change and improve adoption of hygiene practices among the community.

District level Training to Health Department officials - to Auxillary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) and Supervisors

ANMs and supervisors from the Health department were educated on the various health related issues due to poor water quality and sanitation. Training also focused on imparting knowledge on WASH saturation, waterborne diseases, hygiene practices and water quality testing.

CORE Group Girls training on Menstrual Hygiene Management at Banswada

Mandal Level training was organized at Banswada, Nizamabad. The agenda of the program was to bring adolescent girls from all the government high schools in the Mandal and make them sensitive on life skills, puberty, gender issues and menstrual hygiene. Girls for 14 schools took part in the event along with the Banswada MEO, Banswada MPDO, ZPTC and CMO-SSA. The training has emphasized on competencies additional to subject knowledge.

CORE Group Girls training on Menstrual Hygiene Management at Birkur

Mandal Level training was organized at Birkur, Nizamabad on MHM. The agenda of the program was to bring adolescent girls from all government high schools in the Mandal and make them sensitive on life skills, puberty, gender issues and menstrual hygiene. Girls for eight schools took part in the event along with the Birkur MEO, Birkur MPDO, MPTC and CMO-SSA. The training has emphasized on competencies additional to subject knowledge.

Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC) Federation Meeting at Kamareddy and Renjal Mandal

VWSC Federations were created to bring all the stakeholders on common platform to identify, understand and resolve WASH related issues. This committee will meet regularly to share, discuss and identify action points in resolving the identified issues.

Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC) Mandal level training at Kamareddy & Renjal

VWSC Mandal level trainings were organized at Kamareddy and Renjal Mandal, Nizamabad. The idea was to get all the Sarpanchs, Ward members, Watermen and Karobar and make them understand roles and responsibilities of the committee, salient features of SBM and NRDWP and concept of VWSC federation.

Banswada Mandal Level Training

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Mandal level training was organized in Banswada, Nizamabad on WATSAN. The purpose of the training was primarily to bring all the ward members, watermen and karobar and make them understand VWSC roles and responsibilities, salient features of SBM and NRDWP and the concept of VWSC federation.

Banswada Mandal VWSC Federation Meeting

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Village water and sanitation committee mandal level federation was constituted for Banswada Mandal, Nizamabad district. Sarpanchs, Village Organization (VO) leaders and Gram Panchayat secretaries of entire 14 Gram Panchayat in the Mandal participated in the event held on 27 June 2016 at MPDO office, Banswada. VWSC federation is an initiative of first kind where all the GP key persons are brought under one platform to share their experience, issues, and concerns etc related to WATSAN. Banswada Mandal Parishad Development Officer (MPDO), Mr. Vijay Bhaskar Rao; Special Officer Gramajyothi program Mr. Madhusudhan Reddy, Mrs. Reshma Ijaz, Banswada Mandal president, Mrs. Vijaya ,Zilla Parishad Territory Constituency member etc. took part in the meeting and emphasized the need of similar platform and regular follow ups on the government programs such as SBM- Gramin, Swachh Bharath Abhiyan (SBA –Rural), Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya along with other developmental programs to improve water and sanitation situation in the Mandal.

Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Day Campaign

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The MHM day campaign was organized to create awareness among the women and Adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in the project GP’s. The aim was to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls.

Community Sensitization & Campaigns for IHHSL construction and ODF

The project field staffs have been continuously working to facilitate the PRI to campaign towards building toilets in the village. Two such campaigns were organized in the two GP’s attended by mandal level officials, teachers, students & community. Door to door campaigns were initiated to sensitize the people to construct toilets and encourage the mandatory contribution of Rs. 900 toward toilets construction.

Networking & Advocacy with Government officials

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Advocacy has been a continuous activity in the last quarter. Regular meeting with MPDO, RWS engineers, elected representative such as Mandal Parishad President, ZPTC, rural development department, VO body at Mandal level etc. has been undergoing on regular basis and this rapport building has seen outcomes as increase in access of water and sanitation and support for our initiatives.

WASH saturation in Gram Panchayat

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Our approach is to ensure WASH for everyone and everywhere. Through our intervention, we leave no place behind without safe water and sanitation accessible to the community, CBO’s, Anganwadis, Schools, health centers etc. thereby saturating the Gram Panchayat.

Staff Capacity Building

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The two day staff capacity building program was organized at SAciWATERS office on 8-9th July 2016. Entire project team participated in this two day session. Sessions on a. Water Quality Project – Concept, objectives and expected impact; b. WaterAid Vision, Approaches & Impacts (WASH Saturation; District-wide approach etc.)c. WASH Government programs & Policies (SBM – Rural & ODF GPs; Mission Kakkatiya, Mission Bhagiratha) d. Advocacy & Networking towards WASH saturation (GP’s, Mandal & District level) e. Key Hygiene Messages (6 messages) f. MIS reporting – Mainstreaming project reporting g. WASH in Health sector h. Use of Field Testing Kits i. Solid & Liquid Waste Management in rural context j. Monitoring of the existing infrastructure created under the WQ project were conducted.

Critical Hardware Support

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To meet the water crises and depleting ground water levels, an old open well at Borgaon Village was renovated and the rain water from 5 households is diverted to well. This will help in recharging the ground water and their by increasing the ground water levels.

Study on Water Quality Laboratories

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A detailed study was carried out on Telangana state water quality laboratories. The study was conducted based on availability of chemicals, human resources, infrastructure, space, equipments, safety measures, book keeping and administration.

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World Water Day

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SaciWATERs hosted the event titled ‘Water for Sustainable Growth’ on 22 March 2016. The event focused on the current initiatives taken by Government of Telangana and SaciWATERs to meet the critical challenges of water quality and water security in Telangana in general and in Hyderabad in particular. The event also highlighted activities happening around India that can serve to assist these critical challenges. The event also served as a platform for exchange of ideas, approaches, thoughts and exploration of possible future collaborations.

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Water Security Study

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Water security is a challenge faced within many Gram Panchayats in India. Identifying the factors may reduce water security concerns and enhance the situation. Kothabadi Gram panchayat is analyzed on water security capacity, institutional capacity, operation and maintenance and many other parameters.

Training module for field staff of water quality laboratories

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Module is developed to bridge the skill gaps of these functionaries in communicating the water quality testing results; enhancing the community participation in self-monitoring of water.

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ToT for Water Quality Lab Officials

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Training of Trainers (TOT) on ‘Community Based Water Quality Monitoring’ for the field assistants of water quality testing laboratories under Rural Water Supply & Sanitation (RWS&S) Telangana state was organized by SaciWATERs with the support of WaterAid on 1 March, 2016 at Swashakthi Training Center, Karimnagar. This is first initiative of this kind to impart training to the field assistants with an aim to enhance their capacity in effective monitoring of water quality in the rural Telangana. The objective of this TOT was to a) improved water quality monitoring at the rural areas b) improved understanding of water quality related issues and c) enhance skills in effective communication of source water quality information to the community and other stake holders.

WaterAid South India Partner’s Meet

A Workshop was organized with all the WAI south partners by WaterAid, India. The workshop aimed to disseminate all the projects carried out by the partners. Workshop took place from 6th – 8th October 2015.

Rapid Assessment Survey

Household survey was conducted across the project villages to elicit information on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices of the households. This was carried out to identify the household’s without access to safe water and sanitation. Additionally, the issue on pending bills of individual toilets and solid waste management were captured. A total of 15305 households were surveyed.

VWSC Revival and Orientation Training

VWSC Revival and Orientation Training

VWSC revival process has been facilitated in project villages. Series of meetings were conducted with the help of Sarpanch and VWSC members to advocate the importance of the committee. Orientation was given to take up measures in improving WASH condition. To promote and sustain these committees’ regular meetings are taking place in all the 16 villages.

IEC Material

IEC material containing the information on best practices and roles and responsibilities of the VWSC members in improving the water, sanitation and hygiene condition was translated into local language Telugu.

Village Level VWSC Trainings

Capacity building trainings were carried out for the VWSC members on water quality testing, sanitation issues (open defecation, drainage, and ISL’s usage) and solid waste management. Follow up meetings were organized to strengthen the concept of the committee and monitoring needs of WASH situation.

Awareness Programs

The process to improve the WASH condition in the villages was met through awareness programs in communities, government schools and anganwadi’s. The importance of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in day to day life were illustrated. Furthermore, details of national flag-ship programs like Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM), National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) were demonstrated.

Wall Paintings

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Wall paintings demonstrating water purification, hand washing, usage of individual sanitary latrine both at household level and school were done in all 16 project villages.

Training of Trainers Workshop

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Training of Trainers was organized in collaboration with Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWS&S) department. The training aimed to improve water and sanitation skills of the field staffs involved in water quality project.  A total of 10 people participated over a two-day training program on 19th – 20th of October 2015.

Baseline Survey

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The Baseline Survey was conducted across 16 villages of Nizamabad with an objective to understand the situation of drinking water quality and sanitary practices at household level, and to identify the gaps that could be addressed by the Project through capacity building activities of the community members. In addition, the baseline gathered data on current WASH practices and gender decision-making and allocation of work. A sample of 272 was selected from the 16 villages.

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Critical Hardware Support

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Recharging Groundwater: Experiences on Community Participation to address Fluorosis

The village of Tirmalapur, one of the Water Quality project’s intervention villages, is located in the Mandal of Banswada, Nizamabad. The village is made up of 4 habitations and has a total population size of 4,108.

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Field Verification Report - Assessment of the Water Testing Sources reported by State Water Quality Testing Laboratories in Nizamabad District.

The National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme, states 100 per cent rural drinking water sources must be tested using Field Testing Kits (FTKs) and set up Water Quality Testing Laboratories in District and Sub divisional level. The study aimed to assess the functioning of these water quality labs in the state of Telangana, by verifying the water source testscarried out by the Water Quality Labs. The test results of the water sources were verified through use of FTKs and Government Labs.

The physical verification exercise found the Field Testing Kits (FTKs) were defunct and had not been used by Gram Panchayats. The water sources reported by the Sub-Division and District Labs were either missing or considered unfit for human consumption.

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Training Water Quality Lab Officials

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A State Water Quality laboratory officials training was organized in collaboration with the Government of Telangana- State Water and Sanitation Mission (SWSM) and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWS&S) department. The training aimed to improve laboratory and sanitation skills of the staffs involved in the National Rural Drinking Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance Programme (WQMSP) in Telangana.  A total of 90 lab officials participated over a two-day training program on 23rd and 24th of February 2015.

Training Community Members on PRIs - State and District Consultation Meeting

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SaciWATERs, and the Government of Telangana – State Water Sanitation Mission (SWSM), Department Rural Water Supply & Sanitation (RWSS) celebrated the World Water Day on 22nd March 2015, as part of State and District Consultation Meeting at Dr. Mari Channa Reddy, Human Resource Development Institute, Hyderabad.

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