The project, being implemented with support from Oxfam India, intends to facilitate community led action to solve the issues related water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The project is being implemented in 20 flood prone villages in the middle-Rapti basin in the North-Eastern Uttar Pradesh, spread over five development blocks in four districts Siddharthnagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur and Sant Kabir Nagar. Initiated in June 2012, it achieved a breakthrough by effectively utilizing the ‘Community Led Total Sanitation’ (CLTS) approach towards sensitizing and motivating the communities to undertake measures, using mainly their own resources to construct toilets at household level and make their villages/hamlets open defecation free. So far, it covered 3528 families, 72% of them belonging to SC and OBC. 20 WASH Committees with membership 100 are functional in these villages and induction of community based early warning system (CBEWS) happened at 6 flood prone local points through effective community mobilization processes. It is worthy to put on record that out of 20 villages, 7 villages were declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) and the efforts continue for the remaining.
Besides WASH, the project is also focusing on strengthening the agriculture and livestock based livelihoods in the project villages. For agriculture based livelihood promotion, appropriate technological percolation was preferred involving selected farming families to comply with the PoPs. Demonstrations on summer crops were also organized.