Commitment to Action

Empowering Adolescent Girls to Make Ahmedabad Open-Defecation Free

Commitment by

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT)

In 2016, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT) committed to making Ahmedabad open-defecation free by mobilizing and building the capacity of women and adolescent girls to close the remaining 20% gap to achieving open-defecation status. Aligned with the “Clean India Campaign” launched in 2014 by the Government of India, MHT, in partnership with Dasra and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will support the construction of 2,500 individual toilets and eliminate 50 open-defecation areas, while addressing 400 households’ sanitation needs and building gender-specific model toilets in four schools. Capacity-building trainings will target 10,500 schoolchildren, with an emphasis on menstrual hygiene. By appointing adolescent girls as Ambassadors of Sanitation Behavior Change, and working with organizations at a community level, MHT will lead this change through empowered women and girls. As an expandable and replicable model, MHT plans to transfer the lessons learned in Ahmedabad to Delhi in the future, at a larger scale.

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Commitment

Empowering Adolescent Girls to Make Ahmedabad Open-Defecation Free

Launched

2016

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$1,167,164

Region

Asia

Countries

INDIA

Commitment by

Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT)

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Dasra, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Bank of America Corporation