The benefits of rapid growth and development of cities do not reach all its citizens equitably. Slum dwellers are invariably left out and do not have access to even basic infrastructure such as water supply and sanitation. Compounding this problem is the existence of slums and its occupants that the city does not recognize. This project sought to provide WatSan facilities to people in a sustainable manner. This was accomplished by adopting the following strategies:
The project was supported by Gramalaya’s strong women’s federation (WAVE) and Association for Water and Sanitation, Hygiene (AWASH) committees formed under this project.
Gramalaya has been working for more than two decades in Tamil Nadu with a focus on issues surrounding water and sanitation. It has worked with donors like WaterAid, Water.org and Arghyam to create participatory, community models for urban and rural sanitation. It has a dedicated training centre – NIWAS for Water & sanitation training. GUARDIAN, Gramalaya’s MFI provides microfinance to Gramalaya’s projects. The organization plans to expand into areas outside Tiruchirapalli and also work on livelihood issues.