Implementation of Rural Sanitation Initiatives for Ganga Rejuvenation in Jharkhand

What the Project is About

Millions of people in India depend upon the Ganga for their livelihood and well-being. A lifeline for almost 45 percent of the population, the river today suffers from overuse and pollution. This partnership between the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the Government of Jharkhand and the United Nations Development Programme aims to reduce contamination and improve the health and quality of life for 46,100 households in 78 villages in Jharkhand. The rejuvenation of the river is a key priority for the Government of India, and through the National Mission for Clean Ganga it aims to address a range of challenges, including waste water and solid waste management, industrial effluence and river front development.

Developments:

Developments so far Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan for UNDP India
  • Mobilized communities and started rapport building in 78 villages in collaboration with three mother NGOs – Needs, Citizens Foundation and Gram Jyoti
  • Developed sanitation plans for each village, through a participatory approach, and received community agreements for proposed interventions
  • Provided support to community-based organizations such as the panchayat, village water and sanitation committees (VWSCs) and women’s self-help groups (SHGs) through village motivators and community organizers
  • Generated awareness about improved sanitation practices through village-level “Swachh Gaon, Sundar Gaon” campaigns
  • Formed and strengthened more than 350 SHGs or Sakhi Mandals from August 2016 to February 2017
  • Constructed more than 1500 toilets through SHGs in 78 villages
  • Conducted a financial inclusion survey (including details of bank accounts and Aadhaar card holders) of 46,100 households in 78 villages and facilitated access to financial services
  • Held trainings and orientations for more than 500 masons for the construction and management of toilets with water storage tanks
  • Facilitated capacity building and skill development of women’s SHGs and other community-based local institutions by setting up micro-enterprises of - compressed brick-making, lac production and processing, tailoring, sanitary napkin production and other sanitation-based micro enterprises for pit covers and leach pit rings for cost-effective construction of sanitation infrastructure
  • Developed innovative solid and liquid waste management practices and engaged local rag-pickers for day-to-day segregation, collection, and community processing of solid waste
  • Promoted a better quality of life for local communities through livelihood interventions such as: composting, horticulture, fodder development plots, improved livestock and animal husbandry, backyard kitchen gardens, medicinal plant nurseries, and agricultural and cropping systems
  • Increased awareness of agricultural best practices by organizing trainings and exposure visits for farmers and women’s SHGs to the Krishi Vigyan Kendras
  • Promoted the use of clean fuel through the construction of biogas units and smokeless cook stoves in households

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation US$ 15,033,131
Community, corporate social responsibility funds and other donors US$ 2,930,778
UNDP, including Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) US$ 1,117,761

 

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

 

Not Applicable

Integrated, Institutional, Replicable Mechanisms

This infographic provides an overview of the integrated and innovative approach towards creating institutional replicable mechanisms along riversides in India by detailing a sustainable pilot for rural sanitation initiatives in 78 villages of Sahibganj district, located along the river as it flows through Jharkhand.

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Stories of Change

Breathing Easy: Better Health through Improved Cook Stoves

Breathing Easy
Better Health through Improved Cook Stoves 

Thinking differently: Improving sanitation on the banks of the Ganga

Thinking differently: Improving sanitation on the banks of the Ganga
How encouraging local ownership is enabling behavioural change 

Towards a Healthier Future: Construction and Use of Toilets with Bathrooms Ensures End of Open Defecation, Improved Health and Quality of Life

Towards a Healthier Future 
Many households have begun to benefit from newly constructed toilets with bathrooms via a two-and-a-half-year partnership between the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand and UNDP.

 

Videos

Building Toilets in Sahibganj

Ending open defecation along the banks of the Ganga is key to rejuvenating the river. Watch how the Ganga Rejuvenation partnership between National Mission for Clean Ganga, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand and UNDP is employing a sanitation-linked livelihoods approach to construct toilets and change mindsets in 78 villages along the Ganga in Sahibganj, Jharkhand.

Smoke-Free Kitchens on the Banks of the River Ganga

The Ganga Rejuvenation partnership is helping women living on the banks of the river Ganga in Jharkhand build smoke-free cookstoves in their kitchens, improving women's well-being and health, and reducing the use of firewood. The partnership launched by the Jharkhand government, with the National Mission on Clean Ganga and the central Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is supported by UNDP.

Launch of New Partnership to Revive Ganga

A new initiative in Jharkhand aims to rejuvenate the Ganga river by improving sanitation practices and linking them to livelihoods. This exciting partnership was launched by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (Namami Gange), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and the Government of Jharkhand. It is supported by UNDP. Watch the launch of the project here. 

Photo Essays

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Water is Life: Rejuvenating India’s Mighty Ganga River 
In May 2016, the National Mission for Clean Ganga, India’s Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, and the Jharkhand state government announced a partnership to rejuvenate the Ganga through improved sanitation and sustainable livelihoods.  The partnership is supported by the United Nations Development Programme. 

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