SUCCESS STORY-The Art of Giving Back to India
The first in our series of success stories features the successful implementation of sanitation projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Sikkim. In line with IDF-OI’s mandate of implementing Government of India’s flagship programme -Swachh Bharat Mission across states in India, projects successfully executed by state agencies include the construction of community toilets in Tirupati and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and a public toilet in Amritsar, Punjab.
Striving towards the goal of improving health through the eradication of open defecation, these projects have provided access to good sanitation facilities to several beneficiaries. For instance, community toilet in Tirupati has benefitted nearly 1600 pilgrims and local residents visiting Tirumala temple each day. The community toilet in the Government hospital of Vijaywada by ensuring a user friendly hygienic facility, is catering to the sanitation needs of local population including the differently abled. The public toilet in Rambagh Garden of Amritsar is another project in sync with the mission and vision of the Swachh Bharat Mission, and benefits slum dwellers, floating population and street vendors who otherwise have no access to toilets.
As IDF-OI enters its next phase of implementation of projects pertaining to sanitation and education, we hope that the success of these projects, many of which have been generously funded by NRI Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A.,would inspire several other Overseas Indians to join us in our journey towards transforming India’s distant dream of a better India into a present reality.