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Sensitise to Sanitise Coalition formed by Habitat for Humanity India pledges to Impact 2 Million Families by 2020

·         Habitat for Humanity India is the secretariat of the Coalition that has served over 16 million families since its formation in July 2015

·         The coalition consists of 19 organisations who are experts in the field of sanitation and hygiene

·         The coalition partners also published a technical manual on do’s and dont’s in sanitation construction in its second annual meeting in Bangalore today

Bangalore, 20 March, 2017: The Sensitise to Sanitise Coalition formed by Habitat for Humanity India has taken a giant leap to achieve the vision of making India open defecation free by pledging to serve 2 million families by through improved sanitation units, access to clean drinking water and better waste management systems. At its second annual meeting of the Sensitise to Sanitise Coalition held in Bangalore at the office of Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society – a local NGO that is the member of the coalition - the partners deliberated on an action plan to realise its goal.

The Sensitise to Sanitise Coalition was formed to provide improved sanitation facilities and address the eco-system of sanitation. Habitat for Humanity India is the secretariat of the coalition. After the formation in July 2015, the coalition has impacted the lives of over 16 million people in India so far.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India and Chairman - Sensitise to Sanitise Coalition Working Committee said “The S2S Coalition currently comprises of 19 partners who have come together with a focus to converge skills, knowledge and experience to work towards the betterment of underprivileged communities. We all support the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and are committed to provide the people in need with improved sanitation and hygiene facilities. As we are approaching the World Water Day on 24th March, our pledge to impact 2 million families by 2020 couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The catalytic role played by Habitat India in the space of housing and sanitation is exemplified by their very successful Sensitise to Sanitise coalition. The Government of India’s call for a Clean India is commendable. Everyone must come together and join hands to achieve it. That’s what we are doing through this coalition”, said Mr. Rick Hathaway, Vice President for Asia Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International.

The Sensitise to Sanitise Coalition (S2S) Coalition also launched a Technical Manual on Construction in Sanitation titled Technical Manual on Construction Do’s and Don’t’s in Sanitation Construction. The manual is a collaborative effort of the coalition and will serve is a detailed guide for organisations working in the eco system of sanitation and hygiene.

The meeting concluded with a field visit to a waste management facility of the local Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society.