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Sulabh to showcase its sanitation expertise in US

New Delhi, September 22:  Clinton Global Initiative has taken cue from an Indian organisation for mission sanitation in the third world countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Sulabh International, an NGO in the field of sanitation, will showcase its expertise at the CGI’s 2008 Annual Meeting in New York starting from on Tuesday, a statement issued by it on Monday said.

Read all: Express India

See also: Sindh Today.net

India – Sanitation university for hygiene and waste management

NEW DELHI: Known for its efforts to provide better sanitation facilities to the masses, Sulabh International is coming up with a sanitation university to spread education about cleanliness and waste management across the globe.

The proposed varsity will be set up near Delhi-Jaipur National Highway in Gurgaon for which 44 acres of land has already been acquired.

“We want to set up a world-class univeristy which will offer post-graduate courses on subjects like mass sanitation, hygiene, public health and waste management,” Sulabh Movement founder Bindeshwar Pathak told PTI here.

More – Economic Times of India

India: former scavengers take fashion show to UN Headquarters, New York

A group of Indian women, rescued by the Sulabh International Social Service Organisation from the degrading task of manually cleaning toilets, joined leading fashion models on the catwalk before representatives from more than 150 countries at UN Headquarters in New York, USA. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs invited the group to meet with diplomats participating at the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Commission (ECOSOC) (30 June – 3 July 2008).

The first Mission Sanitation — Fashion Fiesta was held in the Bulgarian Embassy in New Delhi on 31 October – 1 November 2007. Prince Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands was so impressed that he felt it needed greater exposure and pitched the idea to the United Nations as a way to promote the International Year of Sanitation.

The fashion show in New York was partly a tribute to Sulabh’s founder, Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak, from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which in a new 156-page report praised his for-profit, private-sector solution to an intractable social problem.

See a video of the event at UN Headquarters on 2 July 2008 here.

See earlier postings on this topic in Sanitation Updates here, here and here.

Read about the experiences of former scavengers Sunita Nanda and Usha Chaumar in New York here.

Below are videos of the Mission Sanitation fashion show and Sulabh’s Nai Disha programme for scavengers in Alwar, Rajasthan.

India: Sulabh features in UNDP report on business strategies that engage the poor

Sulabh International ‘s work on low-cost sanitation in India and abroad was chosen as one of the 50 successful business models for targetting the poor that feature in UNDP’s new report “Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor” released on 1 July 2008. The full case study “Sulabh International: A Movement to Liberate Scavengers by Implementing a Low-Cost, Safe Sanitation System (India)” reviews the positive outcomes for the poor, key constraints and key strategies used.

In 2005, Sulabh’s revenues, mainly from the construction of household latrines and pay-per-use public toilets, reached nearly Rs 1250 million (US$32 million) with a 15 percent surplus (i.e. approximately US$5 million).  The surplus was used to run social programmes.

The case study not only deals with the successes of Sulabh but also addresses criticism of its approach  and some failures, such as the termination of its contract by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to maintain 1,953 public toilets in the city. Other players, like SPARC (Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centers), Fumes International  and Gram Vikas, emerged in 2004/2005 to challenge Sulabh’s monopoly in working with state governments.

Sulabh’s founder, Bindheshwar Pathak, revealed his new vision for the organisation in which it would move away from implementation and focus on the establishment of Sulabh’s Sanitation University. Sulabh was cultivating 23 non-profit organizations started by former employees to implement and run projects in its place, a trend Pathak expected to continue.

India – New toilet technology empowers low-caste Indian women

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Usha Chaumar was seven years old when she began collecting human excrement with her mother in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

By the age of 10 she had married and, with her mother-in-law, continued going from house to house performing this demeaning task.

“They used to call me ‘Bhangi’ (part of the lowest of Indian castes) and treat us badly,” Chaumar, now 33, told AFP in an interview here.

She was one of the country’s estimated 700,000 so-called human scavengers on the lowest rung of India’s social hierarchy, who for centuries have had the wretched task of cleaning toilets and collecting human excrement.

Many Indians today still treat the waste-collectors as “untouchables” and don’t let them approach their villages, schools or temples or come into contact with their food and drinking water.

“If I was thirsty, they would give me water but would avoid touching me,” Chaumar said.

Five years ago, her scavenging days ended when she joined the Sulabh International Social Service Organization, a non-profit group working to improve sanitation in India and the conditions for this marginalized segment of society.

More – AFP

Sulabh International plans to open branches in 50 countries

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation, India, revealed in an interview published in April 2008 in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) “Water Champion” series, that his organisation plans to open branches in 50 countries. Sulabh has already constructed and is maintaining public toilets in Afghanistan and Bhutan and has provided training to professionals in 15 African countries, Dr. Pathak said. Other plans include publishing Sulabh literature in all the 22 languages of India, and distributing 5 books each to 600,000 villages.

Sulabh International is well known for pioneering the “Sulabh Shauchalaya”, a self-composting two-pit, pour-flush toilet, and for liberating scavengers or “night soil workers”.

Sulabh creates doors out of human excreta

New Delhi, Dec 06: Sounds incredible, but doors and window planks made of human faeces instead of wood has become a possibility!

India’s sanitation specialist Sulabh International, led by its visionary founder Bindeshwar Pathak, has succeeded in developing a strong raw material out of human waste and Mexico-based designers Santiago Sierra and Mariana David have designed doors out of it.

The doors have been put on display at the Lisson Art Gallery of London. The exhibition of these human excreta-based doors was inaugurated Nov 29.

Link to the complete article on Zee News