Water and Sanitation is one of the core areas of our intervention. We are driven with the belief that these two have a great implication for the overall wellbeing of the people. Way back in 2004-05 when sanitation was not so high on the agenda of all of us Aident was trying to create new benchmark in the field of sanitation. With our emphasis of working and learning with the community, some of the practices developed while engaging with the community have been made part of best practices compendium published by World Bank. For more than a decade Aident has been working for changing the behavior of community and making their area, Tola, village and panchayat open defecation free (ODF). In all these years Aident has worked in more than 800 villages, reaching out to more than 15 lakh of rural population of Jharkhand, Haryana and Bihar. In the last four year in Jharkhand alone, among all the communities which have achieved ODF status, Aident has been engaged with more than 40 percent of the communities, ensuring that the desired sanitation infrastructure is in place as well as community has changed its behavior towards age old sanitation practice of defecating in open.
Armed with vast reservoir of human resources and experiences of working with the marginalized society and emboldened with its learning in the field of sanitation, Team Aident has been striving hard to create new benchmarks in the field of community mobilization and behavior change communication to contribute towards making India ODF by 2nd October 2019.
Being one of the earliest practicenors of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in Haryana (India); Team AIDENT gradually spread its footprint into Jharkhand & Bihar; executing things not only at grass root level directly but also doing capacity building of different stakeholders ( Government officials, NGOs, community mobilisers, masons etc.) which is well recognized and supported by all stakeholders across the spectrum.