Bharti Foundation launched the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ initiative in 2014 to improve sanitation conditions by providing toilets to households and institutions and foster behavioral change among community members. Inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call to the corporate sector in his Independence Day (2014) speech to strengthen the Government’s initiative in this aspect, the Foundation has adopted Ludhiana and Amritsar districts (rural) as its focus area for the improvement of sanitation facilities. It worked with a mandate to:
So far, Satya Bharti Abhiyan has provided toilets to over 18,500 households as well as institutions in Ludhiana and rural Amritsar, directly benefitting over 1,86,000 people.
Bharti Foundation partners with various organizations, including Sulabh International, Sintex and Affordable Housing Technical Assistance Centre (AFHTAC) for the construction of toilets:..
Beneficiary identification is done by involving Gram Panchayat representatives for inviting applications from households. House visits are conducted by implementing partner representatives and corrections are made in the existing lists accordingly. Posters containing names of identified beneficiaries are displayed in the community for acceptability and ownership of selections. Representatives from Bharti Foundation then perform random verification of the beneficiaries to ensure adherence to the selection.
Once beneficiary selection is done and approved, the Foundation gets into constructing the IHHLs in the selected households. Currently, three agencies are being partnered for construction as mentioned above.
Representatives from Bharti Foundation then educate the beneficiaries on the usage and proper maintenance of the IHHLs. They also sensitize them on the importance of using IHHLs and maintaining hygiene.
The Foundation ensures robust documentation in order to maintain accountability and transparency to the process. The presence of following documents is ensured at the time of handover:
A third party survey has been planned by the Foundation at the end of one year of construction of toilets, in order to monitor the usage of toilets.
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Not having access to separate toilet has been a major deterrent in ensuring quality and continuous education for girls. With construction of separate toilet blocks for girls in 14 schools of Rural Ludhiana through Bharti Foundation, the long felt need has been addressed. I am happy that the girl students in these schools have received a great respite. I am pleased to say that the quality of construction is very good.
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District Education Officer (Elementary) District Ludhiana, Punjab
Satya Bharti Abhiyan is a great endeavor. The program has shown a significant progress in terms of coverage of toilets and coverage of area of district Ludhiana. Being District Nodal Officer of SBM (G), I have visited all the blocks covering various villages for carrying out Information, Education and Communication activities.
I am impressed with the efforts of the Satya Bharti Abhiyan team. They are working with amazing inspiration and enthusiasm, utmost dedication and missionary zeal to make Abhiyan a great success by working day and night and in odd weather conditions.
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Executive Engineer-cum-District Nodal Officer, Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)
Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Abhiyan has brought in resources and technical expertise to address the problem of sanitation in Ludhiana (rural). It is commendable to cover more than 12,000 households to provide facility of individual toilets within a span of just 18 months.
The initiative is an example of true corporate commitment and I am sure with increasing coverage the district will soon become open defecation free
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then Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana
Bharti Foundation has constructed a toilet block for girl students in our Government Primary School, Ramgarh Sardara, District Ludhiana. We are happy with the quality of work carried out by the Foundation. The toilet is fully equipped including electrical lights, water tank and easy-to-maintain sanitation facilities.
On behalf of the entire school, we thank Bharti Foundation for enhancing the schooling experience for girl students and ensuring their comfort.
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Headmaster, Government Primary School Ramgarh Sardara, Ludhiana
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