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India Sanitation

What It Will Take To Give Indians An Alternative To Open Defecation

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact

India has made some progress in providing sanitation by building toilets to desist people from defecating in the open, but many say the country has a...

Open Defecation in India Can Lead to Rape. Now, Women Are Demanding Toilets.

Rose George | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Rose George

Brides will refuse to marry into families that don't have a toilet. It's a movement nicknamed "No loo, No I do."

One-Third Of World Doesn't Have A Toilet. Here's What It Will Take To Change That.

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no acce...

Land for Toilets

Anoop Jain | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

As we began making preparations for our next facility, my team and I decided that we would try to acquire government land. This would appease donors, and our bank account. More importantly, the process would require community participation.

The Case for Public Institutions

Anoop Jain | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

These stories should not serve as an indictment of publicly managed services. Rather, they should be seen as an excoriation of the fact that, in India, publicly managed services operate with virtually no accountability or oversight.

India's Slum Children Push Politicians To Provide Clean Water, Toilets

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

Struggling Indian kids have heard their government’s promises, but they haven’t seen much action –- so they’re taking matters into their own l...

India's Slum Children Force Government To Take Action | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact

DELHI, India — On a recent Sunday afternoon in the tightly packed slum of Narela at the edge of Delhi, a group of children sat on a bright green rug...

The "Right to Pee" Movement for Access to Bathrooms Is Gaining Momentum Across India

Sarmishta Ramesh | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Sarmishta Ramesh

Recent census data shows that more than half of Indian households lack access to a bathroom.

The Toilet Business

Anoop Jain | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

The unique opportunity to end outdoor defecation in India by favoring the strengthening of public institutions over market based approaches should not be passed up. Doing so would amount to yet another injustice hundreds of millions of Indians would be forced to endure.

India's Sanitation Crisis

Anoop Jain | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

I struggle with the fact that some of my best friends in the world are forced to defecate outside. They belong to the latest generation of poverty-stricken Indians, enduring the indignity of not having a toilet. My friends represent just a handful of the 650 million Indians living without toilets.

India Prime Minister Vows To Free Poor From Cleaning Human Waste

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact

By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - His hands protected by torn orange gloves, Dalbira Singh has a grim job scraping waste...

How a Text-Powered Smart Grid Solution Is Improving Water Distribution in India

Anu Sridharan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Anu Sridharan

For many people, especially in parts of Europe and North America, the answer to "When will I get my water next?" is as simple as, "When I turn on my tap." But for three billion others around the world, the answer is much more complicated.

Advocates 'Appalled' That Poor Indians Still Forced To Clean Human Waste With Bare Hands

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of impoverished, low-caste Indians are still working with their bare hands to clean human excrement from open...

Creating Enterprises to Provide Sanitation Solutions in India

John Sauer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
John Sauer

We know that at least 620 million people still defecate in the open and do not have access to sanitation services, resulting in serious economic and health consequences, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children.

Poor Sanitation: The Startling Link to Childhood Malnutrition

Joan B. Rose | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Joan B. Rose

The situation in India reveals startling information about the link between waste pollution and stunted growth, even in a food-secure world. To help ensure a brighter future for India's youth, the nation requires an investment in waste-treatment infrastructure, including toilets and waste-water treatment.

India Gang Rape Case Exposes How A Lack Of Toilets Endangers Women

AP | BISWAJEET BANERJEE | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — The two teenage girl cousins had walked out together at night, as they did every night, into the wild bamboo fields 10 or 15 m...

India's 'PoopGuy' Left The American Dream To Bring Sanitation To Slums

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact

Swapnil Chaturvedi’s life had all the trappings of the American dream -- a college degree, prestigious engineer job, wife and daughter. But when ...

On World Toilet Day, World Bank Warns Over 600 Million Indians Defecate In The Open

Posted 11.19.2013 | World

Over 600 million people in India, or more than 53 percent of Indian households, defecate without using a toilet or latrine. A new report by the World ...

Take a Plunge and Clean the Sh.t.

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

Sitting on a warmed up toilet seat, it is hard to imagine the magnitude and the dire consequences of the open defecation accepted by over 2.5 billion people in the world as their everyday reality.

Indian Women To Husbands: Get A Toilet Or You're Canned

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact

By Bhakti Bapat Mathew, Women's eNews BANGALORE, India (WOMENSENEWS)--A rural woman's right to an indoor toilet is more important than staying in a...

India's Unbelievable New Marriage Requirement

Posted 05.25.2013 | Weddings

To participate in a mass marriage ceremony in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, there was just one requirement for grooms-to-be: prove the...

'No Toilet, No Bride'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 11.05.2012 | World

The Indian state of Rajasthan is taking a novel approach to a pervasive, unsightly and very unsanitary problem among its citizens. Beginning Monday, v...

'Pissed Off' in Rural India

Michaela Haas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Michaela Haas

Poor sanitation facilities are a pernicious problem in India, where over half of the population lacks a toilet, and open defecation is the norm.

In India, More Women Demand Toilets Before Marriage | Emily Wax | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NILOKHERI, India -- An ideal groom in this dusty farming village is a vegetarian, does not drink, has good prospects for a stable job and promises his...