Corporate Social Responsibility Our CSR Initiatives
Sanitation and Hygiene
According to UNICEF, only 36% of the population in India use improved sanitation facilities and 48% of the population still practice open defecation. However, there is a heightened realization of importance of sanitation and elimination of open defecation across the country. Several programmes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan are being executed to improve the situation of sanitation in the country. REC has been actively working to push the cause forward through its several CSR initiatives.
- 12,292 toilets have been constructed for girls and boys in schools under Government of India initiative ‘Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyaan’ in the 33 districts of states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.
- Water facility has been provided by means of tubewell, borewell, etc. in 1,374 toilets constructed under Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyaan in the states of Rajasthan and Telangana.
- Water, sanitation and hand wash programmes have been executed to create awareness about hygienic practices. Further, toilets have been constructed and repaired and dustbins and other facilities have been provided in 100 government schools of Tripura.
- Sanitation and water facilities in government senior secondary and high schools in Bihar have been improved by setting up toilets for girls, boys and teaching staffs, with raw water for cleaning and housekeeping purpose.
- 234 individual household toilets, child & baby friendly toilets have been constructed in a village of Uttar Pradesh.
Impact of the programmes
- Increase in enrolment and attendance in schools and also reduction in drop outs, especially amongst girls and improvement in education and health conditions.
- Increase in access to both water and sanitation facilities among the beneficiaries.
- Reduction in open defecation and unhygienic practices amongst people who were benefitted.
- Reduction in poor sanitation related diseases like diarrhoea, soil transmitted helminthes, trachoma and scabies.
- Positive attitudinal change in the households pertaining to sanitation and hygiene.