Monday, December 1, 2014

Bharti Foundation appoints Sulabh for making 12K toilets,commits Rs.100 cr in 3 yrs

Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sulabh International (“Sulabh”) for construction of toilets in rural households across District Ludhiana (Punjab) under the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’. As part of the MoU, Sulabh will construct 12,000 toilets in households lacking basic sanitation facilities across District Ludhiana under the first phase of the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’.

Bharti Foundation announced the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ earlier this year with the aim to improve rural household sanitation facilities in the State of Punjab. As part of this initiative, Bharti Foundation has adopted the Ludhiana District and committed an investment of INR 100 crores over the next three years for constructing toilets in rural households lacking such facilities in 915 villages across the District. In addition to rural household sanitation, the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ will also invest in improving sanitation facilities in Government schools in rural Ludhiana by building new toilets for girls, where no such facilities exist.

Sulabh is an India-based social service organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. Sulabh International is the largest nonprofit organization in India.

As per the MoU, Sulabh will also conduct a survey of the target villages to identify beneficiaries, undertake construction of individual household toilets and carry out Information Education Campaigns over the next 12 months.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said, “We are pleased to announce this partnership with Sulabh to roll out the first phase of the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’. Sulabh has been a pioneer in providing sanitation solutions to the poor in India and we are confident that their expertise in this area will add immense value to this initiative. Sanitation for all is a big priority for the country and Bharti Foundation hopes to contribute towards the cause in a meaningful way through this initiative.”