At the FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence Summit and Awards 2019, CFAR made an attempt to showcase the efforts made to “Sustain Sanitation Services & Infrastructure through Community Engagement”. The innovative community-led sanitation models including entrepreneurial initiatives of women and men were highlighted during the Summit organised on February 20-21 at the India Habitat Center.
CFAR facilitated the interactions of representatives from CRY, ETASHA, ACTED, FINISH Society, Isard, MBERG Foundation, Adobe Systems India Private Limited with members of Community based organisations, Community Management Committee, Single Window Forum, Masons and Male Forums from Delhi and Jaipur. They explored opportunities for partnerships with the community to scale up the interventions at the city level.
“We hope that this event enables the community of practitioners from masons to community educators to play a strong role in shaping safe sanitation technology and they are given an opportunity to become members of the National Association that the Ministry of Urban Development is planning to set up,” said Ganesh and Anita, from Madanpur Khadar who are spearheading the formation of an city-level Association of Septic-tank Builders and Owners.
Speaking during a session that focused on catalytic interventions, Sonal Dheer, Adobe Systems India Private Ltd, said: “Under CSR we are looking for community engagement partners for creating sustainble models. The private sector can achieve great heights only with support from the community. Representatives from Adani Group, Amazon, TATA Chemicals Ltd and Nuvoco Vistas Corp Ltd also spoke on enterprise development solutions for empowerment of vulnerable communities.
Lauding CFAR’s Single Window Model set up in Jaipur to strengthen sanitation service chain in several wards of Jaipur Municipal Corporation, Prashant Pal, SQS Simply Solutions, said they would want to adapt the model to train the upcoming women enterprenuers from rural areas.
Joohi Khusbu of FINISH Society also said: The intervention in Delhi enabling community management of toilets has been a great achievement. “We would replicate it in our project area.”