The last decade has seen a massive push for improved sanitation in urban and rural India, and progress has been substantial with several hundred million Indians now having access to toilets. However, while the public eye has been on big campaigns like the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission, the inner workings of sanitation systems and the… Continue reading The harsh reality of life for India’s 5 million sanitation workers
It bills itself as the “God’s Own Garden,” and this tribal village tucked in India’s remote northeast is unlike any other in the country. Mawlynnong is free from what plagues so much of rural and urban India: litter, burning garbage and open defecation, the latter punishable by fine. Reaching this mini-Shangri-La is a commitment, as… Continue reading Welcome To ‘The Cleanest Village In India’
In an aim to make India open defecation-free by 2019, many aspects of sanitation have been undermined, such as usage, maintenance and water availability. A 2015 report by Dasra, a Mumbai-based philanthropy foundation and the Bank of America highlights another key aspect ignored when it comes to sanitation. According to the report, Dignity for Her, “Girls tend to miss school six days a… Continue reading About 23 per cent girls drop out of school on reaching puberty
Adivasi women in the tribal belt of Telangana have been running four manufacturing units that produce sanitary napkins for free distribution to students in the tribal welfare hostels and ashram schools New Delhi: India is gradually opening up to talk about menstruation, thanks to various awareness campaigns to shatter the taboo and stigma attached with… Continue reading Meet The Pad Women Of Telangana Who Spread The Message Of Menstrual Hygiene
The problem is critical. The solution is clear. The use of open fires and traditional cookstoves and fuels is one of the world’s most pressing health and environmental problems. Globally, 3 billion people rely on solid fuels to cook, causing serious environmental and health impacts that disproportionally affect women and children. Household air pollution from
Briquettes are a household and institutional fuel, made by compacting biomass waste. Applications Briquettes have a wide variety of use from household to industrial. The fuel has not been fully exploited as there has not been scarcity of fuel in the past. However, with the current fuel shortage and ever rising prices, consumers are looking
Composting is good for several reasons: It saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reduces water runoff. It benefits the environment by recycling organic resources while conserving landfill space. It reduces the need for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers. Compost provides many benefits. It adds nutrients and beneficial microbes, holds water, and improves
As India gears up for solar projects under the recently-overhauled National Solar Mission programme, a breakthrough in polysilicon manufacturing promises to make solar energy at ₹6 or less per kilowatt-hour (kWhr) possible. Across the world, solar technologists have been grappling with the issue of converting more of sun’s energy falling on solar panels into electricity.