In Phase I of this project, Utthan engaged in a collaborative capacity building at the state, district and Panchayat levels, to access water resources, facilitated linkages between banks and women federations for safe sanitation, and demonstrated model villages. The findings from this project and Utthan’s vast experience show that the changes in the lives of the most vulnerable communities cannot come about through isolated inputs on a single issue. Thus, this new phase of support is envisaged for the People’s Learning Centre in order to redefine the roles of stakeholders, from communities to civil society to government.
This project will enable these stakeholders to recognize their basic rights and responsibilities to have access to safe, adequate, equitable, and sustainable drinking water supplies and affordable sanitation facilities for hygiene promotion. It will lead them towards self-reliance through gender-equal, just, participatory, and community-owned systems.
Utthan envisions a society that imbibes and ensures the values of gender justice, equality, peace and happiness, in practice. It aims to initiate sustainable gender-sensitive processes of empowerment amongst the most vulnerable communities, through a process of building conscientiousness and organising around their major issues to effect positive change in their socioeconomic and political status, both at present and in the end.