Right to Water and Sanitation

right-to-water-and-sanitation Thanks to Dharti, water is available near homes in the operational area. In picture a girl cleaning utensils at one of the hand pumps

Right to water and sanitation is directly linked with reducing poverty by curtailing expenditure on health through improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

The programme is underway in 108 villages and 98 schools in 30 gram panchayats of Ambah block of Morena district. It covers nearly 90,000 population in 13,000 households.

The programme focuses on two aspects:

  • To bring about attitudinal change among community members, panchayat representatives and frontline staff through awareness building, training and strengthening systems and institutions at village and panchayat level, evolving mechanisms for developing stakeholders collations, developing forums for peoples participation to voice their concerns and sensitising government institutions, etc.
  • To cover scheme and programme supply side corresponding to meeting felt needs of the community related to water, sanitation and hygiene issues.


  • Selection sites for hand pumps and installation of the same
  • Identification of beneficiaries for toilets
  • Strengthening of village water and sanitation committees
  • Orientated of community members about importance of water availability and water quality
  • Testing of water source points for quality
  • Internalisation of the Issues of WASH


Dharti's interventions in the sector have helped community members in securing access over water and sanitation resources. The following are physical achievements:

  • 835 individual household toilets constructed with project support, motivation and linkages with total sanitation campaign
  • Recharging water resources through roof water harvesting system. Many hand pumps have been linked to roof water harvesting system. Many households have installed it to store water for lean season.
  • New hand pumps installed, old ones restored and repaired.
  • Hundreds of water sources tested for quality on parameters like pH, alkalinity, nitrate, fluoride, chloride, foecal coli, etc.
  • Capacity building of stakeholders like panchayat members, teachers, anganwadi workers, ANMs, village water and sanitation committee members, Asha, etc.

Activity in Pictures

Stories from the Field

Water to Power


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Water at Doorstep

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Approach to Full Sanitation

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If There is a Will There is a Way

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