WASH (Water, Sanitation and hygiene) Division
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions improve health outcomes, advance education, reduce poverty and malnutrition, increase child and maternal survival, drive economic growth, contribute to gender equality and dignity and improve overall quality of life. The exploitation of water for drinking and other domestic and agricultural / industrial uses it gradually leading to its scarcity and pollution and the ‘dying out’ of natural water resources, a major water scarcity threat to the people of the state. Similarly, poor sanitation facilities lead to school dropout’s, particularly of the girl child, and has serious repercussions on the overall health and development of the child, family and community at-large. National Development Foundation is working on issues like conservation of water, improving sanitation and hygiene practices amongst children and communities and awareness generation to bring about behavioural change in the communities.
We are committed to:
Some of our work in WASH includes:
Training of Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) on WASH, preparing village water security plans/ management of water supply schemes. Train of community volunteers on operation and maintenance of WASH facilities Sensitize and raise awareness among communities on safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices through Gram Sabhas . We develop and distribute IEC material on WASH
Advocate with stake holders like religious leaders, Government, Civil Society, Media and elected representatives for realization of safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities
Train communities to test their water using Field Testing Kits (FTKs) provided by Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department and raise their awareness on necessary water quality checks
Demonstrate water conservation techniques and rain water harvesting in schools and communities
Launch cleaniliness drives to promote people’s participation and their ownership to the slogan of Swachh Bharat, Swachh Jammu and Kashmir
Promote campaign on water, sanitation and hygiene through street plays, nukkad nataks and traditional folk arts