COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The objective of Shelter Associates is not only to facilitate projects but to realise a positive change in the quality of lives of India’s most vulnerable citizens. We believe that for any development to gain momentum, involvement and motivation of communities is of utmost importance. We seek to create awareness, bring about behavioral change and generate demand for household toilets in the community. The data and maps help us to have deep and meaningful discussions through community meetings, a series of workshops, focused group discussions with women, children, adolescent girls and boys and men and various activities such as , Rallies, Transect walks, Street Plays, etc. to flag issues pertaining to sanitation, health and hygiene thus improving community health and living conditions . Moreover, local committees (Samiti) are formed which comprise of local women who are linked to the respective ward office and are trained to flag civic issues even after SA’s withdrawal from the community
As a part of the ‘OHOT’ initiative, SA extensively mobilizes communities to engage, educate and empower them ensuring sustainability of the developments that they undergo.
PARTNERS: Communities: The materials for toilet construction is delivered free of cost at their doorsteps. The families contribute to the cost of construction of the toilet and also supervise the quality with SA. It is also a revenue generation for the masons living in these settlements.
Urban Local Body SA partners with Urban Local Bodies in each city through a formal MOU, which defines the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder & the joint efforts required to deliver household sanitation. Apart from validating the data created by SA, holding review meetings regularly, the ULB also undertakes the financial responsibility and implementation of laying/repairing the drainage networks. Corporate Donors: Launch of Swachh Bharat Mission have allowed the sanitation space to grow attracting a lot of CSR funding into household sanitation giving additional impetus to our work. Our projects are supported mainly through corporate funding.