Barely a decade after a few domain specialists came together to form the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Institute at Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu in 2008, it has been able to do groundbreaking work in increasing coverage of water and sanitation services and bridging the gap in skill and trained resources in the sector. The institute has now spread its operations to 11 locations. WASHrelated projects are now being implemented in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, Bihar, UP and West Bengal, besides the technical support it provides to the Swachh Bharat Mission.
“Issues such as depletion of groundwater, water quality issues, poor sanitation coverage, dealing with solid and liquid waste and emerging issues brought on by climate change are our focus,” says Arumugam Kalimuthu, program director, WASH Institute.
Till now, 144 rural women have completed its postgraduate diploma
course in environmental sanitation science. Besides this, more than 8,000 others, including engineers and other government officials, staff of NGOs, panchayat leaders, master masons and swachh workers have also been trained. Some 8,000 masons in Bihar have also been trained in construction techniques of toilets.
A WAY OF LIFE A. Kalimuthu with students at the campus in Dindigul, TN