India Water & Sanitation Solutions: Recent Posts

Kontala Devi

More than 103 million people across India lack access to safe water. Kontala lives in the Indian state of Orissa. She has had access to safe water at home for just over a year now. Together with her neighbor, the two women took out a WaterCredit loan to construct ... More »

Time for more in life

Beema and her family live in a village in Tirunelveli, a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Water sourced from the Tamirabarani River is provided by the municipality here, however Beema must walk several blocks to a public source to collect water each day. Her wait at ... More »

Safe Water for Jyoti's Family

It is common for families to lose hours of productivity due to water-borne illnesses. This was the case for Jyoti's family. They live in Assam, India where according to our partner organization, Asomi, many are still dependent on water from rain, streams, and rivers for drinking and other domestic purposes. ... More »

Empowered to do more

Around the world 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, and 1 billion still defecate in the open. Some of the biggest obstacles for women with children in developing countries can be the struggle to keep safe water in the home and ensure the whole family has a place ... More »

Hello From the Classroom

Recently the Water.org team visited these students in Bangalore, India. The kids here have time to go to school because their mothers and sisters came together to get safe water connections to twenty households in their community. Access to safe water means better opportunities for children, thank you for making ... More »

Water Gives Hope

As a widowed mother of four, Jayamma's path has not been easy, but she has never ceased to do all she can to make her life better and her family happy.

Today, Jayamma welcomed us into her home and told us about what life was like before she had ... More »

Something to Smile About

For the 802 million people who lack adequate sanitation facilities in India, a toilet at home could change their lives. They would no longer have to walk long distances to find a safe place to defecate, nor would they have to suffer the unhealthy consequences from not having a clean ... More »

Reaping the benefits of a composting toilet

Composting toilets are a win in rural India. Improved sanitation means better health for the owners and their neighbors. After the pit has been used for about a year and is getting full, they seal the pit for 6-9 months to allow heat and decomposition to kill off harmful bacteria. ... More »

Celebrating Water Day

In many countries, women are responsible for finding and collecting water for their families. They walk miles, carry heavy containers, wait for hours and pay exorbitant prices. The work is back-breaking and all-consuming. Often the water is contaminated, even deadly.

In honor of Water Day 2014 Water.org celebrates what ... More »

Changing Lives Through Masonry

Kathirvel is 65 years old and a retired mason. Although he is retired, he now uses his expertise in masonry to work constructing toilets for families who have taken out loans through Water.org's WaterCredit program. He has built 200 toilets in the last year. He is training other masons to ... More »

Water + Toilets = Opportunity

In rural parts of Assam, women are skilled at weaving cotton garments such as shawls, dresses and hand towels. Most of them weave on a small scale during their free time. With access to water and sanitation facilities in their households, more and more women are coming forward and taking ... More »

The Joy of Learning

“After we adopted awareness-building measures, children have started practicing healthy habits in school. They fill the water filters themselves and encourage fellow students to drink only the filtered water. I have also noticed a reduction in the rate of absenteeism.”- Mrs. Zarina Begum, Principal, Lower Primary School, Bokakhat, Assam

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