FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS) Integrated Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) promotion project is being implemented in five Gram Panchyats (GP) of Namkum block namely Dungri, Hardag, Hurua, Hahap and Sidroul in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The three year project was initiated in March 2015 with set objectives of creating demand for improved WATSAN services, facilitating access to safe drinking water & sanitation in the project villages, building capacities and ownership of community institutions to access government WATSAN services, managing their infrastructure effectively and building an integrated model of promoting safe WATSAN practices for replication.
The project supported by Arghyam, has reached out to more than 16,000 people in Namkum block through an Integrated Behaviour Change Communication (IBCC) campaigns. The IBCC campaign includes street plays, wall paintings, workshops, and inter-personal communication sessions focusing on creating demand for safe and sustainable water and sanitation solutions. FXBIS conducted trainings to 124 Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) members and strengthened 26 such committees to install, operate and maintain water and sanitation initiatives in their respective villages.
At sunset, the villagers make their way back home from the field with their cattle.
71% of the total population in the selected 5 Gram Panchayats belong to Schedule Tribes and are dependent on agriculture and wage labour for survival.
Her smile always shines bright.
Sukurhuttu village lacks basic facilities like primary school and primary health care center. Malnutrition related health problems like anemia and water borne diseases like diarrhea and skin allergies are commonly found.
Shanti (The IBCC protagonist) says…
Awareness generation on WATSAN through wall painting as part of Integrated Behaviour Change Communication (IBCC) campaign
Community Awareness session on water security
Peer educators and FXBIS team spreading awareness on water security measures as part of the integrated behavior change communication
Village Water Sanitation Committee (VWSC) Meeting.
FXBIS staff at one of the regular community meetings sensitizing and encouraging villagers to access appropriate technology to develop safe WATSAN systems at the village level
Leading from the front
Community women in their roles as VWSC members, Jal Sahiyas, Swasthya Sahiyas, village leaders attend refresher trainings
Water at your doorstep
Households getting improved access to clean water through Government pipe water supply scheme and FXBIS works closely with department and community to ensure continuous supply by strengthening VWSCs and users
“We don’t have to go to the well, ponds and different water sources to collect water anymore. It saves our time and energy“, says Savitri Devi, Sukurhuttu village, Ranchi
Guiding the Change towards a healthy life
The Drinking Water and Sanitation Department, Government of Jharkhand is actively engaged in providing technical and moral support to the project
“Thank you for helping us to get clean water to our doorstep. It feels so good that my village now has pipe water supply facility”, says Seema Kumari, Sukurhuttu village, Ranchi
Our village is much clean and healthier now!
During first half of the three years project, the dynamism of the community members, elected functionaries and Government officials in supporting the initiative has been heartening.
The photos were taken by Ms. Namrata Raha (Senior Communication Office, FXBIS), during her visit to the villages in Jharkhand.
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