Ganjam is known for open defecation and unhygienic surroundings created by the open defecation practice. The practice of bathing at open ponds and wells and using the same water for other household chores is another problem. The impact of poor water, sanitation and hygiene practices also impacts children and their health conditions. Access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities is long term problem and its impact on the health conditions of children especially under 5 is paramount. The team of VIEWS conducted village cleaning campaign with the schools and women self help group members with the aim of generate mass awareness on water and sanitation among population. As a part of campaign, various activities like drawing competition on clean village, debate competition on among the school children on role of people in clean village conducted. Along with a foot rally also organized on sanitation campaign to sensitize people on sanitation. 128 participants participated in this campaign. The team members trained women on sanitation practices and motivated to undertake various village development activities through their groups. Applications were also submitted to block office for household latrines in various operational villages of VIEWS to access sanitation schemes.

“The painting competition organised on clean village was very inspiring. We used our imagination to draw how we want our villages to look like. I went back home and told my parents not to dump our wastes infront of our house. Our lane has now got a common dumping pit for the garbage,” Lakshmi Kumari , a student from Boxipalli Primary School.

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