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FINISH Society receives NGO Leadership Award 2017

FINISH Society receives NGO Leadership Award 2017- FINISH Society added another feather in its cap by receiving the prestigious NGO Leadership Award of the year on 14th September, 2017 at Hotel Taj Vivanta, Lucknow. The ceremony was supported by 25th Business School Affaire and Dewang Mehta National Education Award 2017 and organized by World CSR Day and World Sustainability, Mumbai. The Guest of Honour at the event was Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dr. Dinesh Sharma. The event recognized Leaders who have contributed value & made a change as a strategic tool for sustainable growth. Such Leaders who are impactful & believe that there is a MAD approach to their work (Making A Difference). The approach is driven by passion & commitment towards Social Change, nearly 40 Leaders/ organizations were awarded at the ceremony. FINISH Society was the only NGO which received award for its commendable work in the field of Water, Health, Hygiene, Sanitation and Environment.

Fostering Circular Economy Through Waste Water Reuse

Under a project "Securing Water for Food" (SWFF) waste water is being recycled for irrigating exotic vegetables cultivation by our partner RDO Trust in the Nilgiris. Nilgiris grows lots of exotic vegetables and is a huge employment source for the local communities especially women. Cultivation of these items need water at regular intervals and is majorly dependent on monsoon. With an aim to sustain cultivation reuse of grey and black water after proper treatment is being piloted by Rural Development Organization (RDO). RDO has joined hands with international experts from WASTE, Netherlands. WASTE is an international NGO with more than 30 years of experience in waste management and sanitation. RDO will select 2000 women farmers for participating in this project and enable round the year availability of water while solving waste water issue also.

FINISH is empanelled as Key Resource Centre(KRC) for training and capacity building under ministry of drinking water and sanitation for Swachh Bharat Mission ( Gramin).

FINISH Society is glad to announce that it has been selected as a Key Resource Centre (KRC) for training and capacity building under Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) [SBM (G)], Government of India. FINISH Society has been empanelled as KRC directly under the MDWS for providing support to States and Districts for a comprehensive and sustained capacity building that would build a permanent capacity to manage program functions and deliver services. FINISH will support States and Districts in training and capacity building of different stakeholders involved in implementation of SBM (G) program.FINISH Society is glad to announce that it has been selected as a Key Resource Centre (KRC) for training and capacity building under Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) [SBM (G)], Government of India. FINISH Society has been empanelled as KRC directly under the MDWS for providing support to States and Districts for a comprehensive and sustained capacity building that would build a permanent capacity to manage program functions and deliver services. FINISH will support States and Districts in training and capacity building of different stakeholders involved in implementation of SBM (G) program.

FINISH will provide support for structured capacity building programs for community leadership, demand stimulation, triggering for collective behaviour change, training on technological options for rural sanitation at household and community levels, Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) and operations and maintenance of services and facilities. Capacity support for fiduciary, social and environmental aspects will be provided to strengthen services delivery and implementation performance. Specialized training including key master training session on specific thematic areas, will be provided on a demand basis.

FINISH will support States and Districts in undertaking training and capacity building work from the month of August 2017.

Here is the list of empanelled KRCs uploaded on Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) DOWNLOAD HERE

FINISH Society is a registered member with the India Sanitation Coalition.

FINISH Society is a registered member with the India Sanitation Coalition. The India Sanitation Coalition (ISC) was formed with the objective of bringing all stakeholders in the sanitation field onto one platform where they can share information, learn from others, partner and collaborate.

Today, the ISC has NGOs, donors, corporates, foundations, trusts and government as partners, working together to create a larger impact, rather than each one working in their vertical.

FINISH has been empanelled as an "Implementing Agency"(A000217) with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)

FINISH has been empanelled as an "Implementing Agency"(A000217) with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)- The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) was registered as a society on September 12, 2008 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

An autonomous institute, IICA works under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to deliver opportunities for research, education, and advocacy. It is also a think tank that curates a repository of data and knowledge for policy makers, regulators as well as other stakeholders working in the domain of corporate affairs.

Shikhar Block in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh became the first ever Block to become Open Defecation Free (ODF) on June 5, 2016

Mirzapur is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, roughly 57 km from Varanasi. It has a population of 233,691 (2011 census). The city is surrounded by several hills and is the headquarters of Mirzapur District. It was once the largest districts in India before the split of Sonebhadra.

Shikhar block of Mirzapur has 18000 households and had average sanitation coverage of 50 percent, wherein the usage of toilet varied between 50 to 90 percent. The block had been selected to become ODF in the financial year 2015-2016. Mirzapur is also one of the focus districts of UNICEF. Since the government had already released funds for household toilet construction and sanitation coverage and the usage was better than the state average of 25 percent, UNICEF support (software activities) decided to help the district to become the first ODF block of the state.

Key Activities:

Following were the key intervention of the project:

  • Hygiene Promotion for improving use of toilet
  • Quality control in construction of toilet (capacity building of masons and motivators), empowering community to demand good quality toilet.
  • Monitoring of UNICEF intervention in 35 GPs of the Block
  • Orientation of private entrepreneurs for supporting service delivery
  • Develop 100 model schools for WASH (commitment for IDBI donor)
  • ODF certification and sustainability intervention (monitoring and handholding beyond ODF)
  • Documentation of the intervention for sharing the learnings for replication in other blocks/districts.

UNICEF involved FINISH Society to undertake the CLTS Training Sessions and provide hand holding support to the district administration to achieve ODF Status.

FINISH conducted three Training sessions on CLTS activities for Nodal Officers and Nigrani Samitis of all 35 GPs

  • Each Session trained representatives of 12 GPs for 5 Days
  • Carried Out Triggering Activities by Trained Triggering Practitioners
  • Carried out Morning Follow up sessions in Triggered Villages and in turn train the Nigrani Samitis
  • Trained People on the nuances of low cost toilets.
  • Trained Bal Samitis to carry out Sanitation Drives and morning follow-up sessions
  • Conducted Pre triggering in all the assigned GPs
  • Documentation of the intervention for sharing the learnings for replication in other blocks/districts.

Outputs:

Following were the outputs of the partnership

  • 35 GPs of Shikhar block of Mirzapur district attained ODF by June 5, 2016.
  • 18587 HHs of 35 GPs became ODF and practice sustained use of toilet
  • 35 Nodal Officers trained and engaged for creating ODF environment
  • 50 PRIs trained and engaged for leading ODF campaign
  • 350 Motivators/Leaders at 35 Nigrani Samitis trained and engaged for leading CATS at communities
  • 10-5 CATS practitioners (men & women) developed to support scaling up in other blocks
FINISH Society, with the support of UNICEF and the District administration conducted three training sessions on CLTS in Mirzapur to initiate the ODF journey in Block Shikhar

Training session on CLTS approach at Shikhar Block, Mirzapur from 10th to 14th February 2016:

Training of trainers workshop on Community Lead Total Sanitation (CLTS) was held at Shikhar Block office, from 10th to 14th February 2016 in district Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. The workshop was facilitated by FINISH SOCIETY, on the request of Mr Amit Kumar Singh, Chief Development Officer, Mirzapur and supported by UNICEF-Uttar Pradesh.

The workshop was successful in initiating the process of behaviour change in rural Mirzapur District towards making it an open defecation free (ODF) and fully sanitized district. The first batch training aimed at covering 10 Gram Panchayats from Shikhar Block. District level officers worked hard and left no stone unturned to make the workshop successful. They took active part in the workshop activities despite their busy schedule.

To mention a few highlights of the training:

  • Three villages- Medhia, Lalpur and Mavahiya became ODF within three days of the training period, with Lalpur becoming ODF during the Training Period.
  • A large number of natural leaders emerged from the five day training session who later helped in making their village and Gram Panchayat, ODF before Holi.
  • The representatives from the Block swore to make their Block the first ever Block to become ODF in Uttar Pradesh and succeeded.
  • Nigrani Samitis of women, men and children were formed in all Gram Panchayats during the duration of the training session itself who have been toiling hard and continuing with morning and evening follow-up sessions under the guidance of Nodal Officers who were trained during the training session.

Training session on CLTS from 25th to 29th February, 2016:

Training of trainers’ workshop on Community Lead Total Sanitation (CLTS) was held at Shikhar Block office, from 25th to 29th February 2016 in district Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. The workshop was facilitated by FINISH SOCIETY, on the request of Mr Amit Kumar Singh, Chief Development Officer, Mirzapur and supported by UNICEF-Uttar Pradesh.

The workshop was successful in initiating the process of behaviour change in rural Mirzapur District towards making it an open defecation free (ODF) and fully sanitized district. The first batch training aimed at covering 11 Gram Panchayats from Shikhar Block. District level officers worked hard and left no stone unturned to make the workshop successful. They took active part in the workshop activities despite their busy schedule.

To mention a few highlights of the training:

  • Three villages- Medhia, Lalpur and Mavahiya became ODF within three days of the training period, with Lalpur becoming ODF during the Training Period.
  • A large number of natural leaders emerged from the five day training session who later helped in making their village and Gram Panchayat, ODF before Holi.
  • The representatives from the Block swore to make their Block the first ever Block to become ODF in Uttar Pradesh and succeeded.
  • Nigrani Samitis of women, men and children were formed in all Gram Panchayats during the duration of the training session itself who have been toiling hard and continuing with morning and evening follow-up sessions under the guidance of Nodal Officers who were trained during the training session.

Training session on the CLTS approach from 9th to 13th March:

Training of trainers’ workshop on Community Lead Total Sanitation (CLTS) was held at Shikhar Block office, from 9th to 13th March 2016 in district Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. The workshop was facilitated by FINISH SOCIETY, on the request of Mr Amit Kumar Singh, Chief Development Officer, Mirzapur and supported by UNICEF-Uttar Pradesh.

The workshop was successful in initiating the process of behaviour change in rural Mirzapur District towards making it an open defecation free (ODF) and fully sanitized district. The first batch training aimed at covering 11 Gram Panchayats from Shikhar Block. District level officers worked hard and left no stone unturned to make the workshop successful. They took active part in the workshop activities despite their busy schedule.

To mention a few highlights of the training:

  • A group of women from Village Tamanpatty came for the training session. Tammanpatty was triggered in the first training session. Ever since then the women of that village had made their Nigrani Samitis and were motivating their community to use toilets.
  • A large number of natural leaders emerged from the five day training session who later helped in making their village and Gram Panchayat, ODF before Holi.
  • The representatives from the Block swore to make their Block the first ever Block to become ODF in Uttar Pradesh and succeeded.
  • Nigrani Samitis of women, men and children were formed in all Gram Panchayats during the duration of the training session itself who have been toiling hard and continuing with morning and evening follow-up sessions under the guidance of Nodal Officers who were trained during the training session.
Training Session on the CLTS Approach was held in district Pratapgardh of Uttar Pradesh

UNICEF is providing support to Department of Panchayati Raj, Pratapgarh (UP) to accelerate rural sanitation in Pratapgarh District. As a part of this initiative, a five day training of trainers was conducted by FINISH SOCIETY, during 4th - 8th April, 2016 at Pratapgarh District (UP).

Participants:

A total number of 108 participants attended the program. The participants were from Department of Panchayati Raj, District & block level officers, block coordinators, DPC and Safai karmies and local influential leaders, SHG leaders from every Panchayat. Also, there were participants from Allahabad and Fatehpur Districts referred to by Shri Amit Gupta (Mission Director-Uttar Pradesh State)

Training Session on the CLTS Approach was held in district Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh

A training of trainers workshop on community led total sanitation (CLTS) was held at Zilla Prashikyan Kendra Sidhipur, karanjakala block, Jaunpur, during 13-17 March 2016. The workshop was facilitated by FINISH SOCIETY, on the request of Shri Bhanuchandra Goswami, District Collector, Zilla Panchayat, Jaunpur. And it is supported by UNICEF-Utter Pradesh.

The workshop has been a successful beginning in initiating the process of behaviour change in rural Jaunpur District towards making it an open defecation free (ODF) and fully sanitized district. The first batch training aims at covering 11 panchayat only from 3 blocks (Dharmapur- 6, Sahaganj-1 & Sirkoni-4) the team of decision-makers in the Zilla Panchayat under the leadership of the District Collector is committed to achieving this goal. The Chief Planning Officer, Zilla Panchayat and the entire key functionaries-about 18 District level senior officer attended the 5days CLTS training with selected natural leaders from the 11 villages. All the District level officer had worked hard and left no stone unturned to make the workshop successful. District Collector himself took active part in the workshop activities and was present in entire 5 days training Despite his busy schedule.

To mention a few success highlights: On the last day of the workshop, large number of natural leaders came to the workshop venue and 2 villages (TARGAHENA & SAREMO) committed to make their villages open defecation free before HOLI festival otherwise they would not celebrate the festival OF COLOR and about 15 Master Trainers emerged from the training programme and all committed to make ODF of entire 11 villages within next 1 month. Even during morning follow up Children in villages made their commitment to persuade their parents to construct toilets and stop OD.