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Project information

Senior school ecological sanitation and water

To provide good health and hygiene to 400 children in Tamil Nadu, India, using a tried and trusted method of sanitation where human output can be simply processed and used in the school kitchen garden as compost. This is very beneficial for pubescent girls who may otherwise cease their education.

February 2011 - May 2011

Charity information: Wherever the Need

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  • Need


    Lack of sanitation and the accompanying private facilities deters many girls from attending school once they start their periods. Even those who do continue attending school find their studies interrupted through concerns caused by the need to use fields and alleyways in full view of passers-by. Similarly, a lack of sanitation facilities breeds an ignorance of basic hygiene practices, therefore perpetuating a continuous state of disease transmission.


    Wherever the Need will build facilities applicable to the local custom that enable girls to attend school without the fear of indignity either during their periods or when they need to use the toilet. With such facilities goes hand in hand training in hygiene (hence the water facilities), especially hand washing. Sanitary towel machines will be installed for increased personal hygiene for girls. Both boys and girls will benefit from far greater level of personal safety and security.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide personal safety to young teenage children.


    » Provide private sanitation facilities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be stopping the use of fields and alleyways as toilets.

    Aim 2

    To improve hygiene knowledge and practices.


    » Implement training awareness programmes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be children using soap to wash their hands, and keeping the facilities clean.

    Aim 3

    To provide dignity for all.


    » Providing private sanitation facilities.
    » Providing sanitary towel units and incinerators.
    » Provide hygiene awareness training to include self-worth.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a larger number of girls attending school, and a greater feeling of self-worth for all children.

  • Impact


    The project's success can be measured firstly by the girls' increased attendance at school during their periods, and secondly by fewer days lost through illnesses associated with poor hygiene. The hygiene awareness that these children learn will be taken back by them to their homes and family, as well as remaining with them for life. This means any subsequent children they may have will also learn basic hygiene.


    The single biggest risk is that facilities are not maintained. They have been designed and historically constructed for a life span of at least thirty years, but do need periodic maintenance. 5% of the total project cost is allocated to a specific fund from which maintenance costs can be deducted to ensure the longevity of the facilities.


    Mid-point and end-point reports, together with final overall report with photos, plus a coffee table photo essay.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,750 Construction Building sanitation facilities
      £900 Awareness training Hygiene and sanitation facility usage training
      £450 Maintenance Maintenance fund
      £900 Admin Administration costs
  • Background


    Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, India.


    600 local senior school children

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have knowledge of the local area, we have built similar successful units in the past in the same area. We are aware of those schools most in need and are experts in our field of expertise.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Shunmuga Paramasivan

    Leads Wherever the Need India and is one of the most widely respected people within the Third Sector in the country.