Namakkkal district ranks 18th among the 30 districts in Tamil Nadu in the human development index (Source: http://www.hindu.com/2008/07/04/stories/2008070459040800.htm). People in the project area had almost no access to safe sanitation and poor understanding of hygiene practices. This project sought to promote safe sanitation practices and create demand for household toilets by linking with credit as well as leveraging funds from Total Sanitation Campaign. Children were identified as important change agents and their hygiene practices were improved. Liquid waste management practices such as construction of soak pits and creation of kitchen gardens were also promoted. The kitchen gardens provided the added benefit of improving nutrition security. With increased awareness through different workshops and training, better sanitation and easier access to water was achieved.
LEAF Society primarily works in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu with the objective of improving socio-economic status of the marginalized communities by promoting local leadership, inculcating the values of ownership, sharing and mutual cooperation.