Bhudhar’s journey to ODF status

Though the GP had no TSC money at that point of time for constructing toilets, the community on their own started collecting contributions from each household for construction. While the APL households contributed between Rs 4000 – 5000 each, the BPL households contributed between Rs 1000 – 2000 each. An NGO – Jan Prabandhan Sanstha – was appointed by the BDO to supply materials and masons and construct toilets. While the NGO has initially put up the entire money for construction, it will be paid in full only after it submits UCs to the BDO, subject to completion of construction in all households, schools and anganwadis. The community contribution has been paid to the NGO. Interestingly, there was and has been till date - no mention or demand for subsidy money from any community member. However, in order to speed up the pace of construction, the sarpanch has applied to the BDO for release of TSC incentive money.

On 2nd and 3rd March ‘12, at the behest of the Nigrani Committee, the Feedback team arranged a night stay at Bhudhar, with the community, to give a final push and re-energise their enthusiasm, and to encourage them to keep up their efforts.

During this time, the Feedback team triggered all the schools and anganwadis. The non-functional school toilets have now been repaired by the school authorities themselves and made functional. For this, schools collected some contributions from the children, and the balance from teachers, to take up the repair work. In anganwadis, construction of toilets have been completed. Schools have also started practising hand washing procedures after their daily prayer. Safe handwashing practices were introduced to the community in March, and the Feedback team periodically sets up practice sessions for the community.

Three government buildings in the GP (the community hall, patwari bhavan, and PHC) had non-functional toilets. The NGO stepped in to make some small repairs, enough to make them functional. These toilets are now functional and being used.

Among households, Gothpada and Magrabawji till date have around 80% coverage, while the rest continue to use the cat method, pending completion of construction. Interestingly, Magrabawji was remotely located, without any motorable roads, making it almost impossible for materials to be transported. The community came together and for 2 days, laboured free of cost to make a road which could be used by trucks to transport the required materials. This was also witnessed by NREGA officials in the district. The NGO is hopeful that 100% coverage can be ensured in the entire GP by 30th June.

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With the GP well on its way to becoming sustainably ODF by 30th June, the district has announced an allocation of Rs 2.0 lakhs to the GP to take up liquid waste management as a next step. The community has also planned to set up plantations in an open ground of the GP, which was earlier being used for OD. The Sarpanch has made provisions for waste-bins to be kept in various places as a first step towards solid waste management. The enthused community has also resolved to start work on damming an existing water drain to raise the ground water level.