Imagine having to wait all day to go to the toilet or walking two hours to collect water...
As in much of India, access to clean drinking water and safe toilets is a major issue in Gujarat. Dirty water and unsafe hygiene practices are a source of life-threatening illnesses. These effects are particularly felt by women who are responsible for fetching water, sometimes having to walk two hours a day to collect enough for their family.
In response to these challenges, AKF began implementing a water and sanitation programme in 2001 in 50 villages in Gujarat.
This saw the installation of thousands of water pumps and toilets and a communications campaign promoting good sanitation practices together reaching over 80,000 people.
Laxman Bhai and his family have never had access to a toilet. In recent years going to the toilet outdoors has become difficult, especially during the monsoon as their village often becomes flooded. After learning about the positive health benefits of having a toilet Laxman has decided to build one for his family. It's currently under construction as part of AKDN's Comprehensive Sanitation Programme.