ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Open Defecation Free Campaign

To eliminate open defection practice in the communities, HBT promotes the use of community toilets among the households that do not have latrines in the households. The Swachh Shauchalaya Campaign seeks to change citizen’s behaviour towards proper usage of public toilets, generate a sense of responsibility and ownership in ensuring that public toilets are treated in a similar manner as one would do with facilities at home. HumaraBachpan took the lead to make nine slums in four wards of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation become open defecation free slum in the city. In collaboration with Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, HBT started its Open defecation free campaign in November 2015.

Activities

  • Submission of charter of demands to corporators and BMC to make defunct community toilets functional
  • Community approaches to total sanitation method used for triggering and use of individual toilets
  • Awareness drive through stage shows and cleanliness drives conducted
  • 35 SwachhtaDoots volunteers selected for regular monitoring of regular toilet usage by the community members and also triggering by the Swatch Bharat Central Team in nine slums to make open defecation free

Impact of our work:

  • 598 households constructed individual toilets with support from BMC
  • 218 households started using community toilets
  • Community members are sensitized and are using toilets to keep their neighbourhood open defecation free

Following table depicts the slums where toilets have been made functional and the number of households benefitted.

Sl. NoName of the slumNumber of Households Benefitted
1DamanaHataSahi20
2Science Park Basti80
3Harinagar62
4Buddha Nagar82
5Patharabandha40
6Shanti Nagar260
Total544

Waste Segregation And Plastic Waste Management

HBT launched a campaign to develop a knowledge exchange platform in the urban communities of Bhubaneswar on solid waste management (SWM) where training and capacity building programme were conducted for the resident households. Progressive monitoring, tracking and assessing the behaviour change among households in segregating and disposing the wastewere the other activities undertaken during the period.

In the reporting year, HBT introduced “Kabaad Se Jugaad”, a children-driven initiative towards solid waste management in which children constructed playgrounds and play materials in their communities using loose parts: tyres, plastic water bottles, plastic milk crates, plastic boards, logs, rope, sheets etc dumped as plastic waste.

In six communities of Bhubaneswar such as Patharbandha, OCC basti, Gandamunda, Ganganagar, Gangipilchu and Shanti Nagar, children have made play spaces by using plastic waste products.