Help empowHER India to build toilets for the underprivileged women at Karjat. Many women still have to defecate in the open. Help them get a toilet. Donate to ensure a young woman gets a toilet for her
Multiple necessities that we often take for granted are a huge luxury for a large number of people in our country. Toilets being one of them. Lakhs of women living in rural and underserved areas don't have the provision of a toilet in their homes. Many families aren't financially stable enough or many women are unable to get their voices heard in their homes. empowHER Foundation has changed the lives of a large number of women by building personal toilets for many families. They are striving to reach out to more women for providing them with the basic requirement of a toilet and need your help. Please read more about how we are tackling this social issue.
The inception of empowHER India was in 1993 by Mr. Nirbhay Jain who wanted to help out the people living in the downtrodden rural areas. He initially helped them afford eye cataract surgeries. Eventually, as he continued working for them he realized that women are the ones who can bring a change in the social structure. Thus he believed that it was necessary to empower them and create a safe space for them. With the Self Help Groups (SHGs) the women of the villages were able to get financial leverage and also get a support group to discuss their problems. Through these SHGs, two major problems surfaced - lack of schools for higher secondary education and lack of proper toilets.
Since there were no schools after the 4th grade available in the vicinity, the students either had to travel long distances or dropped their studies halfway. To tackle this problem, Rakesh Jain Secondary High school was built in Shivkar village.
To address the issues of the lack of toilets in the villages, a unique two-pit system was used. This system of drainage was most suited toward the conditions of the areas. The drainage system consisting of two chambers had a honeycomb-like pattern that filtered out the solid waste and let the water drain out, dehydrating the solid waste. Besides, every toilet pit can be used for an average of 5 years. Each home had a private toilet built either inside or very close to the house which made the lives of the women easier. Earlier they had to defecate in the open which led to safety issues, health problems and facilitated the spread of diseases. Young girls were always at risk especially during monsoon as there was the risk of reptiles, insects, and wild animals.
empowHER Foundation now wishes to work in the remote villages of Karjat where we intend to build 66 individual toilets for women. This project, in an extremely economically backward region, will change the lives of not just the women but the entire population for the better. However, the materials, labor, transportation, and operations would cost Rs 10 lakh. This will only be possible if we get the support of peo ple like you. Every contribution will create a positive impact in the life of a young ambitious girl who will be thankful for your help.