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Reporting Water, Hygiene and Sanitation from the remotest parts of rural India- Be a part of the WASH YATRA with me and India Water Portal from 2nd October-20th November 2012 as I take you along with me.

Water scarcity affects the economy hard

73% of India's population lives in remote villages which have rudimentary health facilities, safe drinking water or proper sanitation. What we take for granted in our urban settings are luxuries people from this part of my country are not entitled to. Large number of people die due to diarrhea and other diseases in these places due to lack of awareness and facilities accessible to them.

If you want to learn what the real on-ground situation of rural India is, with respect to water, sanitation and hygiene, be a part of the Great Wash Yatra which begins from 2nd October from a village called Wardha in Maharashtra and travels on road to all the major areas hit by this problem in the country.

Follow me and my posts as I go along the yatra. I will bring to you pictures and real accounts on the ground to help you understand why these places have got left behind in development while the rest of India seems to have marched forward.

1. " We don't talk about it at all"- The taboo of menstruation in rural Maharashtra, a major deterrent in achieving menstrual hygiene

2."Rain Washed Our Tents, Not the Great Wash Yatra"- The delay and the never-die attitude of the people

3. My Yatra Your Yatra Our Yatra- the joint public program approach for a change in India

4. Bappu's India- Mahatma Gandhi's model of a toilet

5. Different faces of goodness

6. Rani of Jhansi, Gwalior Fort and an Autumn evening

7. Training of Teachers at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh

8. Nirmal Bharat Yatra, Goodwill on Wheels

9. My launch pad - NIRMAL BHARAT YATRA

Urmila Chanam
A research fellow for India Water Portal
The Great Wash Yatra
for Arghyam

reach me
Voice for Human Rights

In Indian villages a woman spends sizeable amount of hours a day in fetching drinking water for her family
India's water issue
What are the options for people here??Is there one??
In Indore(Madhya Pradesh), interracting with school girls
I on the streets of Wardha( Maharashtra) talking to as many women as I could
getting the message to as many as I can- on water, sanitation and hygiene (wardha, Maharashtra)
waiting for Union Minister Rural Development in Wardha, helipad ground to come and give a committment to the living situations in our villages
There is a strength in togetherness- different organizations get together to make the Great Wash Yatra possible
The information to the community about the Great Wash Yatra is being taken by these autos
We organized a lab for women and adolescent girls to teach them about menstrual hygiene
My team......Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council of India (WSSCC)
Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister, Rural development, government of India says money isnt lacking, determination to make the campaign against open defecation is!
Driven by a dream to be a part of a change, a good change
A woman tailor who sews 12 hours a day to support her family..Wardha(Maharashtra)
Rani Of Jhansi
Gwalior Fort
The point
Training for Teachers at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh



Sharontina's picture

Sure to go with you

Dear Urmila,

This initiative is going to be a powerful and innovative one. I go with you. Keep posting. Is there anything i could do please let me know.

Best wishes to you.

Merlin Sharontina

Urmila Chanam's picture

Come with me sister!

Dear Sharontina,

It's the most special thing when two World Pulse sisters are together in an initiative- it is the blend of two people who have similar values! It's truly an empowering moment. We could change the very face of our development initiatives in our respective countries!

Please follow me in this journey ('Yatra') and be a part of the learning process. You could help in recommending and sharing the stories I post on the yatra .I will share the local practices and solution seeking methods in these communities adopted by them to deal with water and sanitation scarcity. This information could offer solution in your own community.

:) i am glad you tagging along!

Love and hugs
Urmila Chanam

It takes just one to change many

Dearest Urmila,

Even though I cannot be a part of this journey, I will be following up on the information, you will upload on this website.



Dear Piyush,

I m glad the event evokes enthusiasm and curiosity in you because with these two things chsnges can be brought.I imvite you yo more discussion and your own perspective , accounts frm your country that we could share and learn from.

Thanks for your feedback. I feel eneRgised.

Urmila chanam

It takes just one to change many

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