Swachh Kashi started as an endeavor to make Varanasi Open Defecation Free (ODF) through sponsored individual/community toilets and soon became a cleanliness drive which focuses on organizing sanitation awareness camps & health-check ups for locals.

Objective :

  • Regular cleanliness drive supporting the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
  • Installing communal toilets in villages.
  • Organizing free health-camps
  • Distribution of free medical kits at community centers.
  • To spread awareness on Ganga swachhta or cleanliness of the river Ganga.

Events

A Cleanliness drive was carried out in nearby villages of Ramnagar, Varanasi viz. Bhitti, Ratan Bagh, Tengra Mod, Maccharhatta, Ayodhyapuram, Purushottampur on 19 Nov 2016, on ‘Toilet Day’. As part of the drive, Sewa International has installed 16 toilets in these villages.

2 medical camps were organized in Bhitti and Ramnagar villages. More than 700 people participated in the camp. Activities carried out in these camps were:

  1. a) Health check-up,
  2. b) Bone density test
  3. c) Free medicine distribution

Toilet Construction

After doing a survey in the village, Sewa volunteers with the help of our generous donors have been able to construct 15 toilets in the village which is used by over 150 villagers. The residents have been using the toilets and reaping its benefits. For women, these toilets mean having ,better personal hygiene and also a sense of respect and dignity where they can feel safe. It is important to note that it’s not enough to just construct new toilets unless their continuous functionality isn’t ensured. For the same purpose, our volunteers went door to door, sensitizing the villagers about how these toilets are now their responsibility to be maintained and managed. Since they had never used a toilet before they were made aware of how to periodically clean and maintain it. It was indeed an inspiration and relief to see their enthusiasm to adopt and encourage these healthy practices.

Beneficiary Testimonial

“ My name is Sitara Devi, I’m 30 yrs old, belong to Macchharahatta, Ramnagar. My husband Raju is a vegetable vendor and we live with my four children and father-in-law. Our financial condition is not good we merely arrange two meals a day. The area where we live is very dirty and no one is interested in taking an initiative to clean it. For defecation, people have to go outside the house in open areas. Six months ago, Sewa International organized a health campaign and we participated in it. There we got to know the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in our life. SI established toilets in our home and now we don’t have to go outside of our homes for sanitation. Now we keep our homes and locality clean.”