WASTE, Netherlands and FINISH Society felicitated by the Royal Netherlands Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga,at his residence in Delhi, on the occasion of FINISH Society constructing more than 5 lakh toilets.
FINISH Society and WASTE were felicitated by none other than the Royal Netherlands Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga,at his residence in Delhi, on the occasion of FINISH Society constructing more than 5 lakh toilets. The event that was held on December 7, 2016 was attended by the top brass of the Central and State governments, Officials from the Swachh Bharat Mission team, corporate, FINISH partners and friends and also saw the launch of 3R Waste Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of addressing directly local challenges in sanitation and solid waste management with WASTE’s global experience and comprehensive expertise.
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.
FINISH Film-Let's Make it Right was given the Gold Trophy in the Best Social Development Campaign Category in FLAME AWRDS 2014 held in Delhi in March this year.
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.
In order to Seek Innovative sanitation system designs for business creation FINISH Society in association with WASTE-Netherlands, Ideaken and ethos organized second FINISH sanitation challenge contest in March 2013. A total reward amount of INR7, 00,000 / €10,000 was offered by WASTE.
The contest was based on the premise that among other factors, the lack of sanitation coverage in rural India (and elsewhere), is due to lack of innovation on possible 'designs' to fit diverse environmental and social–economic conditions, water needs and local availability of materials. Therefore, in order to promote innovation generation in this much neglected field, FINISH organized an innovation contest, where the innovation can take the form of a novel design for:
- individual toilets
- community toilets
- multi-purpose toilets
The objective of the contest was to create useful knowledge that will promote entrepreneurship and small business creation in sanitation activities.
Shikhar Block in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh became the first ever Block to become Open Defecation Free (ODF) on June 5, 2016
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 the CLTS Approach was held in district Pratapgardh of Uttar Pradesh.
Training Session on the CLTS Approach was held in district Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh.
Celebration of World Toilet Day at Longaon village, Bhokardan Block at Jalna District.
FINISH Society is among the four nominees for the prestigious Sarphati Sanitation Award for Young Entrepreneurs 2015, to be held in November in Amsterdam.
FINISH kicks off the research survey with First workshop in Gujarat from 6th of July
FINISH film "Let's Make it Right" bags the Gold Award in Best Social Development Campaign Category of FLAME AWARDS 2014
Developing an alternate supply chain solutions for promoting Safe Sanitation in partnership with UNICEF, Maharashtra
Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya - Implementing school sanitation program.