Sustainable WASH initiatives through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and women’s federations

Project Summary

This project focused on increasing sanitation coverage and improving water supply and management on a large scale in Tiruchirapalli district, Tamil Nadu. Community based organisations were central to the effort by providing them with adequate awareness and capacity building.

The project focused on strengthening existing water supply systems, hygiene education, safeguarding water and sanitation infrastructure, promoting awareness on water conservation, etc. At the end of the project 44% of panchayats were declared Open Defecation Free. The involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI), women’s federation and the community helped increase sustainability of Watsan activities. Rainwater harvesting was successfully promoted during the project period and vermi-composting was introduced as a way to manage solid waste.


  1. Awareness building workshops, training and exposure visits conducted to promote good hygiene practices and rainwater harvesting.
  2. 22 Gram Panchayats and 2 Town Panchayats declared Open Defecation Free.
  3. Over 7200 families were motivated to construct household toilets in around 150 villages leveraging over 300 lakh from credit, TSC scheme and household’s own contributions.
  4. Over 25 rainwater harvesting structures installed in community buildings.
  5. Vermi-composting promoted as waste management strategy.
*Grant amount & beneficiary figures are as per actuals for completed projects.