Building a better life

Chikkaidha is building a home for his family. Through he was able to build a toilet and water tap as well. His family is pleased to experience these improvements in their life. Read their story.

Chikkaidha is a thirty-two-year-old husband, father and shop-keeper. Together with his wife, their two children, and Chikkaidha’s mother the family of five makes their home in Karnataka, India. The children attend a government school and Chikkaidha runs a small tea and breakfast shop. He earns just enough to feed his small family, and recently he received a government subsidy to build a home for them.

A priority for their new home is to construct a toilet and a water tap. There are several reasons that a toilet and access to safe water are important to Chikkaidha. He shared, “we are living in the middle of the village and our village is expanding. The open space for defecation is reducing day by day.”

chikkaidha Here Chikkaidha shows the initial construction of their toilet and water tap.

In addition to the issues his family faced around the need for a toilet, Chikkaidha also had concerns for his wife’s well-being when it came to collecting water for the family. Each day she waited in long lines at the distant communal water source. Water was only available certain hours per day, and limited at that. She had to spend substantial amounts of time and energy just to get water, and Chikkaidha did not want this for her.

Through Chikkaidha constructed a private toilet, and a water tap in the family’s new home. Now the family is pleased to have improved access to the municipal water line, and a safe, private toilet on their property.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day