Arghyam’s partnership with Utthan began in 2008 for sustainable capacity building and developing an institutional mechanism at the state level for safe water and sanitation across 21 villages in the state of Gujarat. Importance was given to the gender sensitivity in sanitation.
This project was a sub-set of that larger project. Here, Utthan engaged intensely with four villages to make them open defecation free. Apart from the incentive provided by the sanitation scheme, funds were also leveraged from SHGs and banks. These pilots aimed to influence the villages in the surrounding areas and promote widespread implementation of total sanitation.
Utthan is an organisation working on gender, livelihoods and decentralized governance issues in rural Gujarat. The focus of Utthan’s interventions are on gender empowerment, livelihood security and conflict transformation within the wider framework of promoting gender equality and equity, human rights and improving the quality of life for those on the margins of society. Hence Utthan focuses on Dalits, religious minorities, Adivasis and the poor.