Placed at: Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh
Education: BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering, SVITS Indore
Prior work experience:
- Worked with Ericsson India for 3.5 years as an Engineer and was responsible for mobile radio network planing and design.
One key work during fellowship
- Rampant open defecation in the district. Close to 80% of rural population defecate in open affecting health and nutritional levels.
What was done:
- Abhinav Prayog – convergence of NRLM and SBM(Rural). Utilising services of Community Resource Persons (CRPs) from Jeevika Bihar to create awareness among women of Kusumhi village of Dhanapur block of the district. Instead of construction of IHHLs, focus was on changing attitude and behavior of the people of the village. Women were at the centre stage of the whole process. Issues related to sanitation became part of SHG meeting’s agenda. Women took the ownership of the toilet construction process. Professionals from NRLM as well as panchayat extension officers were mobilised to instill confidence among women about payment of amount after construction of toilets. Prompt payment was ensured to set an example for fence sitters.
- Nearby villages have joined the movement for construction of toilets thereby vindicating success of oil patch development model. Open defecation has reduced considerably and female open defecation has come down below 5% in the Kusumhi village.
The Abhinav Prayog has proved the success of the model wherein women esp. SHG members are targeted.