Village Amrod is a dependent village of Raipur Nayakheda Panchayat, which is situated in Sehore block of Sehore district. It is 20 Kms away from District headquarters, Bhopal and 5 kms away from Indore highways. There reside a total of 105 families, with a population of 750 villagers, out of which 50% belong to Mewara caste, 19% from Vishwakarma caste, 25% from Dalit, 1% from General and remaining 5% from Muslim community. The major occupation of people here is agriculture. With the financial and technical support from Water Aid, Bhopal , under the “Drinking water and Sanitation programme” organised by Samarthan, regular meetings with community by visiting their homes were organised. Information regarding the duties and responsibilities of Gram Sabha was disseminated and their opinion about drinking water and sanitation issues were asked. It was found that the village inhabitants were suffering with problems related to open defecation and cleanliness. Only 10% households have toilets made using low cost two pits model, though they are not even being utilized and remaining 90% defecate in open.
With the help of continuous interactions of Samarthan with community, awareness about the various diseases caused due to open defecation and also were told about the humiliation being faced, especially by women. Knowledge regarding low cost toilet design, which used to cost around Rs. 5000-10000 was also imparted, as villagers basically had myths about toilets construction that it cost around Rs.30000-35000 and also quite difficult to construct.
Thus a sanitation campaign began in the village wherein all the community people proactively participated and helped each other to construct toilets. Within a span of 6 month around 98% household have constructed toilets and started using them. In the coming 1-2 months remaining 2% households will be completing their toilet construction and soon Amrod would be declared as “Open Defecation Free” village. When asked about their experiences, the community respond that this intervention has helped reducing many cases of water borne disease and also the women feel safer now.