Over 770 million people don't have access to sanitation in India and over 140,000 children under five die from diarrhoeal diseases every year.
774 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in India.
people in India don't have access to safe water.
Over 140,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in India.
With a population of over a billion people, India is home to 17% of the world’s population. The divide between rich and poor is huge and over a quarter of people live in poverty.
Over 770 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation in India – over 60% of the population – and 76 million have no access to safe water.
The crisis has a huge impact on health, with more than 140,000 children dying every year from preventable diarrheal diseases.
India's vast population is growing, particularly in urban areas, where people are living in slums. In many places, feces and water supplies are not separated and facilities are often expensive or even illegal.
In rural areas, new facilities fall into disrepair where there are no resources for maintenance. Often, cultural beliefs prevent people from using latrines or practicing good hygiene.
We believe that local government and service providers should be held accountable to the communities they serve. Working with local organizations in ten states (Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Delhi), we empower communities to recognize and fight for their human rights to water and sanitation.
Our programs serve a wide range of communities, from those living in remote rural villages to small towns to slums in major cities including New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bhopal. We prioritize the needs of marginalized groups who are often excluded from existing services, such as Dalits or people with disabilities. As well as developing household and communal facilities, we help develop water and sanitation facilities in schools.
In India last year we reached: