The community of Dungarpur district in Rajasthan displayed their grit and determination to practice safe sanitation by digging 810 pits and constructing 134 toilets on November 19, on the occasion of World Toilet Day. This drive was a part of safe sanitation drive carried out in the village by FINISH Society, which involved the community, School children and Government staff. The number of pits and toilets constructed are a feat unto themselves and went on to inspire and motivate people who had refrained from constructing toilets in their houses. The drive motivated the community on the significance of a toilet in the reduction of diseases and maintenance of safe sanitation. The community was also trained on the usage of toilet and maintenance of cleanliness.
World Toilet Day was celebrated with a lot of fanfare and keen participation by the community on November 19 in the Bokardhan Block of Jalna district in Maharashtra. The event was organized by Finish Society Project Office in Bhokardan, jointly with Panchayat Samiti, Bhokardan, SBM team Jalna, Zila Parishad, UNICEF-Mumbai, WASTE Netherlands and WTO-Singapore at Village Longoan.
A day prior to the World Toilet Day, on December 19, the Grampanchayats gave the Davandi [pre intimation] about activities like Shramdan for village cleaning; Public Rally to spread the messages regarding Safe Sanitation; Clean Toilet Competition to instill the habit of hygiene; Gramsabha for mass awareness to boost the momentum of safe sanitation and Sanitation related gift distribution for promotion of safe sanitation initiatives in service area.
All the four activities were carried out on the World Toilet Day:
Shramdan for village cleaning: The villagers cleaned all the public places like temples, Grampanchayat Office, Primary School and internal roads early morning from 7 am to 9 am.
Public Rally to spread the message of Safe Sanitation: Subsequent to the Shramdan, over 300 women, men and children participated in a rally holding placards and posters carrying the message of safe sanitation throughout the village.
Clean Toilet Competition: The Clean Toilet Competition was organized with the view to inculcate the habit of hygiene and cleanliness and three winners were chosen.
Gramsabha: The Gramsabha was organized near Gram Panchayat for awareness creation about safe sanitation. Over 450 to 500 villagers gathered for the event wherein the Gramsewak and Sarpanch of Longaon were trained about safe sanitation and the significance of building toilets to ensure good health and hygiene after which officials of the Zila Parishad and the Swachh Bharat Mission spoke to the community and appealed to the people to construct toilets and use them.
FINISH Society is among the four nominees for the prestigious Sarphati Sanitation Award for Young Entrepreneurs 2015, to be held in November in Amsterdam.
Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam, will announce the winner of the 2015 Sarphati Sanitation Awards for Young Entrepreneurs as well as the Sarphati Sanitation Life Time Achievement Award on November 2nd. Nominations were made by internationally reputable organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank. The Awards are endorsed by the Netherlands Water Partnership and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award was initiated in 2013 by World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and Aqua for All initiated, to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation challenge through entrepreneurship. The Sarphati Sanitation Awards are named after Dr. Samuel Sarphati, an industrious entrepreneur and health practitioner who started a profitable business in the 19th century to free Amsterdam of human waste by transporting it out of the city, to be used as fertilizer for crops such as wheat, which was in turn supplied to a low-cost bread factory.
FINISH Society is conducting a survey for a research project entitled A Framework Model on MNE's impact on global development challenges in emerging markets (MNEmerge) for Oxford University and European commission for assessing sanitation and its impact on health. The project will be spread across 4 states; Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar & Rajasthan where data from 2400 Households will be collected. For the data collection, GPS enables tablets will be used by the resource persons to save time and increase accuracy. Similar workshops will be organized for other 3 states in coming month. Every state will have a team of data collectors and supervisors to conduct the survey who will also be supervised by a team of researchers and Prof. Shyama Ramani from UNU-Merit.
FINISH film "Let's Make it Right" bags the Gold Award in Best Social Development Campaign Category of FLAME AWARDS 2014
The film has also earlier received Golden Drop Award at 6th World Water Form 2012. The film was produced to promote FINISH Program, to explain the reasons for building a toilet. The prime objective of the Film, "Let's make it Right" was to trigger the rural masses by a simple yet effective medium to instigate behaviour change regarding sanitation & hygiene.
FLAME AWARD is organized every year by Rural Marketing Association of India. Rural Marketing Association of India instituted the Flame Awards in 2006 to recognize excellence in marketing, promotion and initiatives in rural markets of the country. This platform also enables rural practitioners & marketers to showcase & share their best works in rural domain. The Flame Awards celebrates all aspects of a marketing & communication strategy in the rural context. This year there were over 200 entries across 23 categories from lead corporate brands, rural agencies, media companies, NGOs & development sectors. A highly experienced jury from diverse industry sector judged the entries.
Developing an alternate supply chain solutions for promoting Safe Sanitation in partnership with UNICEF, Maharashtra
FINISH Society is implementing a project for developing an alternate supply chain model to promote safe sanitation in Bhokardan, Maharashtra. This is a 2nd phase of previous partnership with UNICEF. In the first phase close to 5000 toilets were built for beneficiaries and a Sanitation Park has been constructed. In this project 10,000 sanitation systems will be added in 37 Gram Panchayats. The alternate supply chain will be developed in the form of one stop shop, also called as Rural Sanitary Mart which will cater to the demand generated by the team. In all the programs support from local Govt. will also be included. There will be various capacity building programs in the form of trainings, exposure visits etc.
FINISH society received "Hall of Fame" award for its work for improving Sanitation density in India at World Toilet Summit 2015 held at New Delhi, India.
FINISH Society received "Hall of Fame" award for its work in the field of sanitation at World Toilet Summit held in January 2015 at Delhi. The award was for recognizing FINISH Society's sanitation program by adding 1 Toilet every 4 Minute!
World Toilet Summit is a unique global event established by the World Toilet Organization to bring together various sanitation stakeholders under one roof to connect and collaborate on innovative inventions, projects and products in the sanitation sector. This annual event is jointly organized by a host government and the World Toilet Organization. This year, World Toilet Summit was hosted for the first time in India in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhavan. The event was attended by many dignitaries and stakeholders to jointly discuss various challenges and strategies for making India ODF free in line with Swachh Bharat Mission goals. The summit was inaugurated by Shri. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon'ble Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty. (To be connected to event page content)