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The Thorn in India’s #Environmental Side: Open Defecation and a Review of #SwachhBharat.

Happy World Environment Day from all of us here at HEEALS! In honour of this important day, this blog post will reflect on India as this year’s global host for World Environment Day, with specific focus on The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation’s “Swachh Bharat Mission”, and it’s goal of making India Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2019.

Read full article at : https://heeals.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-thorn-in-indias-environmental-side.html

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Water Sanitation Hygiene ( Menstrual Hygiene) Campagin

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Water Sanitation Hygiene ( Menstrual Hygiene) Campaign And Distribution Of WASH And Education Materials In Schools Of Bhatipura Village ,Meerut, Khora And Noida .
Campaign Supported By Soap Box , Mika And Sarah .
Campaign Coordinator : Richa ,Sonika & Amy


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Achieving The ‪#‎Globalgoals‬: Why ‪#‎Volunteers‬ Are Important

Achieving The ‪#‎Globalgoals‬: Why ‪#‎Volunteers‬ Are Important

The new agenda for sustainable development will frame global peace and development efforts in 2016-2030 in all countries, regardless of their development level. It has a wider scope and aims at tackling both vertical and cross-cutting issues. It also explicitly recognizes volunteer groups as stakeholders to achieve the new set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as global goals.

Read At : http://volunteerheeals.blogspot.in/…/achieving-global-goals…

Santa & Soap campaign

Santa & Soap campaign was carried out in 10 schools in National Capital Region . Santa distributed 4000 soap bars and gifts to children .
Santa Creating awareness regarding Water Sanitation Hygiene ,hand wash with soap and adopt good hygiene practice. To bring a good behavior change among the children.
Campaign supported by : Soap Box


“To Make Open Defecation Free Nation Join Hands With HEEALS “



Women of east Kalyanpuri Delhi have to go out to relieve themselves. A urban slum with a population of 4,ooo residents having two toilets only.

There was a toilet in her area run by the civic body, now destroyed in an accident. Since then women have been going behind Shastri Park to relieve themselves. They face severe humiliation especially at night, they complained. “When people drive by the area when we are relieving ourselves, they deliberately focus the head lights at us. This happens on a daily basis,” says a resident of the area. A woman resident of Burari, another slum area, says: “We have two open toilets for 5,000 people. This area is infamous for drunkards. They know that women come to relieve themselves at night. So, they reach there before us, gather around and misbehave,”

This is the story of almost all slum clusters. And their situation, according to experts, lead to various health as well as social problems. The figures vary from two toilets catering to a population of 5,000 to even areas housing 28,000 people at places like Burari, Nandnagri, Kalyanpuri, Seemapuri, Dilshad Garden and Shahdara of North-East Delhi.

The severity of the problem can be gauged from the fact that from 60,000 villages, only 25,000 have access to proper toilets.

“It is not that open defecation causes problem only to women. It affects people of all genders equally. Abdominal diseases like chronic cholera, typhoid and jaundice are rampant in communities where open defecation is a norm. It also affects the crop and water sources, causing further health issues. This also has a bearing on their productivity leading to financial repercussions in the long run,” says Kiran Guleria, Professor (Gynaecology) at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital.

Ashok Santsansgi, a general physician from Sukhdev Vihar, adds: “The physically weak suffer more from reproductive problems because of exposed genitals in open-defecation areas regularly. Urinal disease is very common among them.”



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Volunteering at HEEALS can be an enriching and empowering experience. Not only does it give people a chance to do something to benefit others, it brings with it a sense of personal fulfillment and worthVolunteering can provide opportunities to use your skills in many ways.


Great thing to see young kids volunteering and learning to give something of them. Start your children young. Teach them to contribute and help others. It helps a child build confidence, humility, skills and a good attitude about life. Yes, it contributes to a child in many of the same ways as it contributes to an adult.


Most people complain about government spending and how government gets into too many areas of our lives where they don’t belong. A large way we can reduce government spending and involvement in our lives is by volunteering. If every individual volunteered just an hour a week, we could replace lakhs of Rupess  spent on social issues with our services.


Positive Impact – Be Part of the Solution

Making the world a better place is actually very simple. Participate in the solution, not the problem. You don’t need to give much of your time to make a positive impact. A few hours each month can make the life of someone much better and make a world a better place.


Humble Yourself

Seeing life through others’ eyes can be a bit humbling. When life gets a little tough, volunteering can help you see life may be better then you thought. It also helps take your mind off your own problems. It adds perspective and helps solve personal issues.


Challenge Yourself & Others

Sometimes work doesn’t provide enough challenges or the right type of challenge. Volunteering can add the challenge you might be looking for. Sometimes work doesn’t offer areas of education or skill development you need to enhance your career or qualify for a promotion. Volunteering may be just what you need for your next promotion.


Personal Growth

Do you have an area of interest or a personal skill you would like to learn? Volunteering helps in building personal skills and growth.


Revive your Skills

Have you learned a skill in your lifetime that you rarely have the opportunity to use today? Volunteering can give you the chance to do something you enjoy or revive your  skill that is a bit out of practice or even outdated.




Meet like minded People’s  

Volunteering can offer the opportunity to meet people with the same interests you have. It’s also a way to become part of a community, meet your neighbors or feel at home in a community.


Stay Younger

Volunteering brings fountain of youth. Volunteering brings energy, activeness and happiness. Any of these experiences will make you feel younger.


Feel Good & Build Self Confidence

Contributing to others and the community you live in make you feel good about yourself and your life. It can also give you a more positive view of your community.


Use Your Hobby and Interest to Contribute


There’s no better way to contribute then through a hobby and interest you love. Your hobby can improve the lives of others and you get to do more of something you love. Imagine that!



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“Water – The Most Precious Resource of the Solar System”

“Water – The Most Precious Resource of the Solar System”

 “Water – The Most Precious Resource of the Solar System”




By Gaurav Kashyap

Gurgaon ,INDIA

21st February2014

Website: http://www.heeals.org



Water is Life, Water is Death!


Water is one of the most precious elements of life on the planet. It is critical for satisfying the basic human needs, health, food production, energy and maintenance of regional and global ecosystems. Over 70% of the human body is made up of water, A human being may survive without food for several days but water deprivation can kill a person with in a matter of hours. Life is, therefore, tied to water, as it is tied to air and food. And food is indeed tied to water. Almost 80% of diseases in so called “developing” countries are associated with water, causing some three million early deaths. For example, 5,000 children die every day from diarrhea, or one every 17 seconds. According to the most recent UN estimate the human population of the world is expected to reach 8 billion people in the spring of 2024.Due to water scarcity is estimated to cause annual global losses Of 350 million tons of food productions by 2025.



“Most Precious Resource of the Solar System”


Due to the presence of water on earth it became the only planet in the solar system which supports life. Only 2.5% of world water is not salty but covered in the form of lce caps. Only 0.08 of 1% of the total water on the planet. Which supports Human, Planet and Animal. It is really a precious resource indeed. Rise in population putting a severe strain on the fresh water resources. The acute water problem is not only affecting developing countries but also developed countries. There is huge inequality of water use in between developing & developed countries. In North America residential area per person uses about 600 liters of water. In Japan & Europe, it is 250 lit. & 300 lit. More or less respectively. Whereas per capita water use per day in sub Sahara region is 10 liters. In India per capita of water use is less than 50 lit. It is reckoned that one fresh of a toilet in developing countries use as much water as the average person in the developing world use for a whole day in washing, drinking, cleaning & cooking.

“No single measure would do more to reduce disease and save lives in the developing world then bringing safe water and adequate sanitation” (Kofi Annan).




Wastages of water


Wastages of water are the one of the biggest reason for depletion of fresh water sources. 70% of the world’s water worldwide, agriculture accounts for 70% of all water consumption, compared to 20% for industry and 10% for domestic use. In industrialized nations, however, industries consume more than half of the water available for human use. Freshwater withdrawals have tripled over the last 50 years. Demand for freshwater is increasing by 64 billion cubic meters a year (1 cubic meter = 1,000 liters)

The world’s population is growing by roughly 80 million people each year. Changes in lifestyles and eating habits in recent years are requiring more water consumption per capita. The production of bio-fuels has also increased sharply in recent years, with significant impact on water demand. Between 1,000 and 4,000 liters of water are needed to produce a single liter of bio-fuel. Energy demand is also accelerating, with corresponding implications for water demand.


Water shortage

Water shortage & lack of access to safe drinking water will lead to next generation world war, if appropriate measures are not taken immediately, the world would soon face threat like shortage of food supply, environment degradation& health risk for billions of people. Water shortage will leads to conflicts among human & animals. There are many incidents of fights between people over water. Humans are encroaching animal water sources, which leads to conflict between man & animals. Which leads to human’s casualty by animals. We have to stop it before it becomes worse. There are many incidents where families fought over water. Sometimes these fights take lives of people. According to UN by 2025 as many as 500 crore of people will be facing water shortage as many as 270 crore will face sever water shortage. If the world continue consuming water at the present rate.

World’s population is now more than 7 billion and continues to grow by 82 million people per year. Currently the rate of population increase is 1.2 % per year which means the human population is on a trajectory to double again in 58 year.

“Fierce national competition over water resources has prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent conflict “Kofi Annan .


Water and Global Security

In adequate availability of water, food and energy is critical to global security. Water and other natural resource will shape our future policies, those who have plenty of water and other natural resource will govern the world. The United Nation in 2010 recognized access to safe, affordable water & sanitation as a Human Right .Yet the reality remains stark .More people today own or use mobile phone than have regular access to a toilet. Unclean water is the greatest killer on the globe. Claiming thousands of children’s lives every day. Yet many people still lacks easy access to portable water. More than half of the global population currently lives under water stress. Water is renewable but infinite resource. Nature’s fixed water –replenishment capacity limits the world’s renewable freshwater resources to about 43,000 billion cubic meters per year.

Saying of Mark Twain is fit in current water situation.“Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over “Mark Twain.

Struggle for water put great impact on the earth’s ecosystem. Degradation of water resource putting aquatic life in danger. Groundwater depletion is affecting groundwater led wetlands, lakes, underground natural stream and water table. Water degradation will make our cities run out of water. Sana ‘city in Yemen becoming the first capital city to run out of water. Water shortage poses a major problem for a society than oil crisis, economic slowdown other challenges. In modern times California is going through its worst water crisis.


Conflict V/s Humanitarian Water Policy.

Water policy of a country plays an important role in defining global presence. To show there global power powerful countries put a conflict water policy instead of Humanitarian water policy. Conflict water policy put powerless country in less advantage stage. For example, Bangladesh is bearing the main impact of continuous building up of dams on Brahmaputra. Putting later water management in their hands .Conflicts over water are increasing .Water wars are common in several regions. Egypt  military threat against Ethiopian’s ongoing construction of dam on Blue Nile. The use of water as a weapon of war of terrorism would become more likely on the next decade. Setting up new manufacturing and energy plants in inadequate water areas often triggers local protest. One such example is the POSCO steel plant in Odisha(India). Water stressed economies like India, Iran Egypt and South Korea are paying high prices for their water problem. Globally economic losses from water are estimated at $ 260 Billion. South Korea is encouraging its corporate giants to produce water –intensive items – from food to steel –for the home market in overseas lands. China facing water paucity in its arid north, slipping into the category of water – stressed states. Internal Water resource conflict will create civil wars, Sudan is one such example. 



Water V/s Oil

With era of cheap, bountiful water having been replaced by increasing supply and quality constraints mainly international investors are beginning to view water as the new oil. Looking ahead, water shortage is not only going to intensify and spread but users also will have to increasingly pay more for their water supply.

Water crisis can be overcome by adopting smart water management and sustainable use of water resources. To Avert Water Wars & becoming the world’s next major social, political and economic challenge, we need to adopt water laws nationally and internationally. To settle the water sharing dispute peacefully & amicably


” Frequent Fights On Water”

There is a water crisis In Uttar Pradesh’s hamirpur district, The Energy and Research Institute
(TERI), found that around 162,000 village in India face the problem of brackish or contaminated water. Mamana, with a population of 4,387 is clearly one of them. People in Mamana can recognise the hardness in the water easily enough. If they use soap, they will find that it does not lather and instead leaves a white deposit on the body. If they leave water standing in a glass for a while, a stain forms around the water’s rim.Hardness in water comes from heavy metals and minerals that have made their way into the water from sedimentary rocks, seepage or farm runoff. Substances like calcium and magnesium, emerging from limestone and chalk deposits found in soil have a presence in the water. The ill-effects of the drinking hard water are found in the whole in Hamirpur. “Many people here complain of pain in one side of their stomach and it is said that is because of Kidney stones caused by the poor quality of drinking water.”Mamana has 742 households, of which 369 are from the Schedule caste and 275 belong to other backward Classes. As in the rest of UP, caste determines every aspect of life, including the quality of water that reaches Dalits . Dalits and Muslims neighborhoods are the least serviced and the hardest hit when there is an acute shortage of water during the summer when temperatures soar to 45 degree Celsius.There is frequent fights on water , fights  break out of access the six wells that have sweet water and the water from the tankers. Those who are not so lucky to get that water ,have to drink the brackish water in the hand pumps, which cause serious illness to them , many of them get gastrointestinal problems .Women traditionally have been given the drudge task of collective water for all domestic purpose, including watering the cattle if there are any. The sight of women and young girls hauling pitchers and buckets is common enough but rarely can men be spotted doing similar activity.



Water Crisis


Principal cause of the Water Crisis is misuse of water & high water pollution level. In Agriculture irrigation use two –third of global fresh water. In developing countries 60% is wasted or used ineffiently. Major sources of water pollution are human wastes, industrial waste, hospital waste & chemicals & pesticides and fertilizers used for farmings .Water is not like oil. There is no substitutes, if continues to take it for granted, much of the earth is going to run short of water or food or both.


How we can overcome from Water Crisis?

1. Conserving water and using water efficiently.

2 .Improving Irrigation technologies for farming

3. Recycling of waste water (Israel reuses nearly 65% of its domestic waste water for crop production and frees up fresh water for household and industries.

4. Rain water harvesting.

5. Water development & management   (these measures have to be taken on a war footing).



Today we have to deal with quality as well as management of Water

Water, sanitation, hygiene, environment & health are the most important issue for the development of society. To make it available for our future generation we have to give more importance to quality as well as management of resources. “Water is life but if it contaminated it cause death “. About 80% of all disease in the developing countries is caused by unsafe water & sanitation. Some of the deadly diseases are born in unsafe water & unhygienic sanitation condition. Every year millions of people around the world die just became of unsafe Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Every day thousand of child is dying from poor quality of water & unhygienic sanitation facilities. Many of them became mentally unsound. Clean drinking water and good hygiene sanitation facilities have a great impact on the central nervous system.

About 2000 year ago we have more fresh water on earth than today. From last 100 years, world’ population became tripled but our water use by humans has multiplied by six folds.





World Water vision

Was adopted in second world water form in Hague. Where it is recognize that water is life and has its goals, that every human being now and its future should have access to safe water for drinking appropriate sanitation and enough food and energy at reasonable cost. Providing adequate water to meet these basic needs must be done in an equitable manner that works in harmony with nature. For sustainable development of human being & nature, we must use water respectfully.




India In South Asia Regional Water Partnership

Under the global water partnership, regional water partnership has been established. South Asia regional water partnership comprises south Asian countries, India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal .Its headquarters is in Bangladesh. India water partnership was officially established in 2000 with its headquarter in New Delhi .The Water and Power Consultancy Service of India (WAPCOS) a public sector wing of the Ministry Of Water Resources acts as a secretariat .



India Water Vision 2025

The steering committee of Indian Water Partnership prepared the Indian Water Vision document during 1998-2000. Report of Integrated Water Resources Plan development 1999 help in making the Indian water vision.Water vision will take account the availability of fresh water from various water resources and what is the present rate of consumption of it .Vision comprised the availability of safe drinking water for all ,near their households so that women and girls do not spend much time in fetching water , perception of water used for meeting the basic needs of cooking ,drinking and hygiene as a social good, equity in use of drinking water ,availability of food at affordable prices for the poorest ,minimum mortality and morbidity due to water related disease ,optimum use of water for irrigation as per agro –climatic condition ,existence of clean river and lakes and water bodies ,minimum flows in river and minimal inter-states disputes ,large dependence on rain water harvesting ,minimal pollution from industries and agriculture ,effective regional co –operation in sharing of water and energy resources and effective governance and decentralized management .In developing the vision for 2025 ,the key drivers such as population growth ,urbanization and emergence of mega cities ,economic growth ,zero poverty level and import of food grains have been used. The vision was developed to ensure a)Food security b)Livelihood c) Health Security d) Ecological security .The total estimated demand for water (Gross) for 2025 has been estimated at 1027 BCM. This would require an investment estimated at Rs 5000 billion during the coming 25 years.




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World Toilet Day: Celebrating a basic human right

By: Sylvie Hughes
Gurgaon, India
19th November 2013

The figures provided by World Toilet Day reveal that 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to clean toilets. India has the largest number of people defecating in the open in the world. A staggering 638 million still practice open defecation, and less than half of India’s population are using  toilets.  Lack of hygiene awareness, lack of access to facilities, and social and behavioral patterns are the main causes of high disease rates, lack of education opportunities and deaths across the country.

By viewing statistics of toilet access in schools, one can gain an idea of the condition of the country as a whole regarding access to toilet facilities: Of all of India’s rural primary schools, only 1 in 6 have toilet facilities. Often the children have to walk home just to use the toilet, or walk further away to defecate in the open. The amount of time that children have to spend walking a distance to relieve themselves severely disrupts productivity in schools.



In girl’s schools in particular, the problem is graver: 66 % of girls’ schools do not have functioning toilets. Around 23 % of girls drop out of school every year in India due to lack of proper toilet facilities. Many school toilets are not gender segregated, making trips to the toilet uncomfortable or intimidating experiences for girls. Many toilets also do not provide adequate menstrual hygiene facilities such a bins to dispose sanitary pads. Girls are either forced to return home to use the toilet or change pads, or decide to drop out of school completely.
The female population are particularly suffering due to these conditions, becoming victims of health problems due to economic disparity. They are unable to grow to find a good career if they drop out of schools with poor sanitation facilities. This in turn leads to a lower living standard, where women face problems of sexual harassment and abuse.

1 in 3 women worldwide risk shame, sexual harassment and attacks due to lack of toilet facilities. In rural areas, where women have to defecate in the open, they face the risk of sexual assault if they have to walk further out to a remote area to defecate, particularly during the night time. As a result, many women are facing health problems caused by waiting until the morning to relieve themselves.  For other women, the only time to relieve themselves would be at night time, to avoid being seen by others. In rural areas, incidents of rape are commonly caused by lack of toilet facilities.

In addition to lack of clean toilets, there is a lack in proper sanitation facilities, such as clean running water and soap. In India over 1600 children die every day due to diarrhea related diseases. This is because more than half the population do not wash their hands after defecation, making diseases such as respiratory and gastrointestinal infections major killers among children and adults alike.
A key element to breaking the practice of open defecation is changing the behavior of people who have practiced open defecation for generations. Many rural communities have not had access to education on hygiene practices, therefore are unaware of the serious health risks caused by open defecation. Installing toilet facilities in the area is not sufficient, as they still may not be used by the majority of people who aren’t used to using toilets. Therefore, providing hand washing and toilet hygiene awareness is crucial to changing the toilet practices of the population.

To those who have lived their whole lives using clean, safe toilets, the figures provided by World Toilet Day would be shocking. The lives of 2.5 billion people are severely affected and even cut short because they have no toilets. Access to toilets should not be a privilege but a basic right for every person.
Let’s celebrate our toilets on World Toilet Day!  Join HEEALS in our mission to provide clean toilet facilities to schools and rural and urban slum areas across India.
HEEALS (Health, Education, Environment And Livelihood Society), is working on Water Sanitation, Menstrual Hygiene and Toilet Building projects in five states: Delhi (National Capital Region), Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Leh Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.
HEEALS works in slum schools, schools in unauthorised colonies, orphanages and refugee camps.  Through spreading education on Sanitation and  Menstrual Hygiene and building clean safe, toilets HEEALS is working to increase the attendance rates of pupils in schools, reduce the number of diseases and deaths and improve the health of people across Indian society. Find out more about its projects at http://www.heeals.org and support our work!



Sources: UNICEF,  RTE Forum

Support Us in Providing Girl Child Education, Sanitation & Safe Drinking Water


About 66% Schools Don’t Have Functioning Girl Toilets in India

Around 23% of Girls Drop Out Of Schools Due To Lack of Menstrual Hygiene Knowledge .

Around 53% of Children in Age Group of 5-14 Do Not Wash their Hands after Defecating .

1000 Children Die every day in India due to Diarrhoeal Diseases, which is killing more Children in Developing Countries than #AIDS, #Malaria & #Measles Combined ! .

We Can’t Do It Alone , We Need Your Support !

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Our Campaign meant to create awareness among the masses about Sanitation & Unsafe drinking water and its effect on Girl Child Education and their health.

Through this Campaign Girl Child Education in Context To Sanitation and Safe Drinking Water we are aiming to create awareness among Girl Child Population & Families about good sanitation, Education and safe drinking water facilities in schools,at their homes and their community .We wants to spread our message in Downtrodden and marginalized section of urban & rural slums through the use of communication tools such as ICT (Information Communication Tools) , IEC(  Information Education Collaterals) and by the use of more alternative & interactive methods such as Drama , one to one interaction , survey etc.

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