Women’s Group Bands Together to Clean-Up Slum Neighbourhoods
Munni Begum belongs to 16-member strong, volunteer woman’s empowerment group, which is helping to clean up her neighbourhood in Moradabad and spread the importance of hygiene to promote good health.
Raw sewage bubbles up along the open sewers that line the narrow walkways of the slums of district Moradabad in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Moradabad has poor hygiene and sanitation facilities in the slum areas.
Dry latrines, where human excreta, is removed manually in baskets, are still used by 60 to 70 per cent of the city. “The more near we are to this garbage and dirt, the more sick we are,” says slum dweller Munni Begum.
Munni Begum has become a volunteer “change agent” in their immediate community. She belongs to a 16-member strong, volunteer woman’s empowerment group, which is helping to clean her neighbourhood and spread the importance of hygiene to promote good health.
“Before the group it was very, very bad,” says Munni. “Inside the houses it was very dirty, and the roads were very dirty.” “Today, the neighbourhood is ‘too’ much clean,” feels Munni.
Supported by UNICEF, with funds from the IKEA Foundation, the volunteer women empowerment groups promote proper hygiene and immunisation as the key priorities, in the slums of Moradabad.
Supported by UNICEF, with funds from the IKEA Foundation, the volunteer women empowerment groups promote proper hygiene and immunisation as the key priorities, in the slums of Moradabad.
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