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Friday, 30 November 2018

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AN ECONOMIC SOLUTION TO CHILD MARRIAGE?


AN ECONOMIC SOLUTION TO CHILD MARRIAGE?

According to UNICEF, every years about 700 millionof child girls get married in the whole world.
Specialists claim that the end of child marriage practice could add more than $4tn to the global economy, curb population growth and transform the lives of millions of young women worldwide.
Particularly, a recent study by the World Bank(WB) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the first to quantify the financial cost of that phenomenon, suggests that eradicating child marriage would save governments money while enabling girls to complete their education and get better jo“this research provides crucial evidence showing that child marriage does not just impact the lives of the 700 million girls married every year, but also has a major negative impact on the economic development of the countries in which these girls live”.


A closer look to Indian currently situation reveals that, in the Country, more than 26 million women became brides before 18. One of the several reason is that, here, marriage tend to be very expensive for the bride’s family and it is a common understanding that more the girl is young more the expense for the marriage fall down, especially because in communities where the bride’s family pays the groom a dowry, they often have to pay less money if the bride is young and uneducated.Moreover,pooer families not only can not afford a good level of instruction for their children but also they strongly believe that it is better for them working instead of studying. Likewise, often those families must sell their children into marriage either to settle debts or to make some money. It is a cruel but, at the same time, real fact that giving a daughter in marriage allows parents to reduce family expenses by ensuring they have one less person to feed, clothes and education.

Governments and other policymakers should be spurred on by these data to commit additional energy and resources to ending child marriage as soon as possible. Doing that, it is possible to alleviate endemic poverty and to ensure that girls,everywhere, have access to a brighter future. At the same time, it is also true that defeating child marriage it is a paramount step for cutting institutional expenses and for increasing the national economy.
As a matter of fact, child marriage practice deeply annoy the Indian public system, increasing the sanitary system’s spending, the level of poverty, that one of population and, simultaneously, reducing human capabilities. These benefits would be felt particularly strongly in poorer segments of populations, since young girls in poverty are more likely to marry early than girls from other socio-economic groups.

Under this perspective, India Government has launched a few “Girls’ Development Projects”. Among those, the most remarkable, from the economic point of view, is the SUKANYA SAMRIDDHI YOJANA ACCOUNT, which has been promoted from January  2015, under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative.
For fully understanding how that Programme works, it is necessary considering his 10 main features, explained in the apposite guide, provided by India Government.
1.      A guardian can open only one account in the name of one girl child and a maximum two accounts in the name of two different girl children.
2.      A Sukanya Samriddhi account can be opened in the name of a girl child till she attains the age of 10 years.
3.      Sukanya Samriddhi accounts can be opened in post offices and in designated public banks.
4.      Deposits can be made up to 14 years from the date of opening of the account.
5.      After this period, the account will only earn interest according to applicable rates.
6.      The account can be closed after completion of 21 years.
7.      Deposits made into the Sukanya Samriddhi account, the interest earned, and the maturity amount are tax-free.
8.      The minimum deposit that needs to be made every year into Sukanya Samriddhi account is now Rs 250.
9.      The maximum amount that can be deposited into Sukanya Samriddhi account on a yearly basis is Rs 1.50 lakh.
10.  Partial withdrawal from a Sukanya Samriddhi account, up to 50% of the balance at the end of the preceding financial year, can be made after the account-holder attains the age of 18, according to the India Post website.

The principal purposes of the Sukanya Samriddhi accountare:
·         Ensuring financial security of a girl child when she comes adult.
·         Making sure the education of the girl child continues uninterrupted.
·         Making sure that the girl is not married off before she becomes an adult (18 years old).
All of them have been thought to cope with the problem of child marriage in India.

According to BussinessToday, till November 2017, more than 1.26 crore accounts were opened across the country securing an amount of Rs 19,183 crore.

Although this noble initiative, the rate of child marriagge in India is one of the higest so far. It seems that parents, who maybe open that account for their daughters, decide to use that money for celebrating a good marriage instead of affording a good level of education.

To sum up,nowadays child marriagge practice is too spread in India, so it is not possible solve it with a simple and singular economic proposal. Having said that, in my opinion only an integrate strategy, which include both economic and social aspect, could have concrete result in the long time.

Martina Scavino

WASH & Intern coordinator 

Hand wash Project In Meerut

Hand wash Project In Meerut ,Western Uttar Pradesh schools and Orphanage.We organized Water sanitation hygiene workshop and distributed soaps and WASH Importance poster to each schools and orphan home.


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HAND WASH IN SCHOOLS


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WASH Importance Workshop In Schools


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Hand wash Project In Ghaziabad Western Uttar Pradesh schools

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Hand wash Project In Western Uttar Pradesh

Hand wash Project In Western Uttar Pradesh schools .We organized Water sanitation hygiene workshop and distributed soaps and WASH Importance poster to each schools.

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Hand wash project in Delhi School

We successfully implemented hand wash project in Delhi schools .We organized water sanitation hygiene workshop and distributed soaps and hand wash importance poster to each school .

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Hand wash project in Delhi schools

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Hand Wash Project Implemented In Gurgaon Schools

In our attempt to improve the sanitary conditions of children and cure the various health risks associated with the lack of WASH amenities, we have collected 2016HAND SOAPS(50 gr size).We have provided 2016hand soaps and 1 informative posters to 17 different schools and 1 orphanage in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.The collection of funds started the8th of October to the 31th of October 2018. The distribution of the soaps began the 19th of November in Haryana and last until the 26th of November 2018. We successfully implemented hand wash project in Gurgaon schools .We distributed soaps and hand wash importance poster to each school .


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Mantra For Success


Wednesday, 28 November 2018

ON THE WAY TO AN OPEN FIELD. The rape risk for women for open defecation.




On the night of 27th of May, in Katra Sahadatganj, two girls said to their parents they’d have left home for toilet. The girls were found hanged from a tree the following hours. From a first investigation, the girls have been raped, killed and then hanged to make it looks like a suicide. Unfortunately, as many cases like this, it turned in suicide leaving the culprits free. This is not an isolated case, especially in the villages, women who have to find an open field to defecate or only to cleanse themselves are many and they usually doing this under the cover of night, far from the village eyes. Many women say to prefer to wake up before down and think it is better doing with someone else like a female friend or relative, never alone. They know that men lurk, watch and worse. “Try to squat in a sari, while holding a cup of water to cleanse themselves and keeping an eye out for rapists” wrote Rose George for HuffPost. According to a 2015 UNICEF/WHO report, this is what about 300 million women and girls in India have to face every day because they have no access to toilets. A WaterAid, DFID-funded Sanitation and HARE study, explains that in the slums people have to share public toilets and girls under the age of 10 reported to face a higher risk to be raped on the way to reach the public toilets. In many interviews conducted by researchers, women from villages and slums narrate the high frequency of cases of assaults. In any case, women always faced lewd remarks, physical gestures and rape when they hide in the bush. Particularly, a mother said she had to fight with a group of delinquents for protecting her daughters from getting raped. She knew that or they kill her to rape her daughters or they back off. The frequency of this assaults is chilling.

Nearly half the world’s population lacks access to improved sanitation conditions and half of them reside in India, where almost half a billion people defecate in the open. The lack of adequate sanitary facilities lead women to an increased exposure to the risk of gang rape and lynching. This is one of the reasons why open defecation have to be stopped, in addition to diseases caused by faecal contamination. Indeed, according to the recent UNICEF survey, 102 813 children in India died, in the 2016, due to diarrhoea. No country in the world has more open defecation than India, where one in two people defecate outside. Although open defecation has been reduced by 31 percent since 1990, about 300 million women and girls in India still have no other choice.
The improvement of toilet infrastructures in the villages is a target for the decrease of women sexual violence for open defecation, providing them some level of protection. According to Approva Jadhav, a US researcher, the non-partner violence is a type of sexual violence closely linked to open defecation places. The research results suggest that women who use open defecation have twice the odds of non-partner sexual violence (NPSV) than women who use household toilets. So, it is necessary to improve infrastructures to provide women with some level of protection against NPSV.
However, the building of infrastructures for sanitation purposes has to face an important challenge regarding the changing of people behaviour. According to a study, at least 50 per cent of structures built for sanitation purposes in India remains unused or is used for other purposes. According to some critics, this is due to the fact that imposing an infrastructure never used before without a direct request from the population, leads to a psychological rejection in front of the change in their habits. The change of behaviour can be done only by a demand driven by the population. For example, it is known a movement called "No loo, No I do", through which brides refuse to get married into families which live in homes without toilet. This can be useful for rousing the population mind.
India is running far behind to attain its sanitation goals and the situation is getting difficult with each passing year. The researchers strongly recommends infrastructure improvements that can provide women with some level of protection against sexual violence, along with behaviour changes to utilise these built toilet facilities.
Currently, many campaigns and NGO’s action, like HEEALS committed in the UN’s WASH project,  and the Indian government are underway to raise awareness of the use of toilets and to stop open defecation, involving the aim in the national conversation and following the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 for sanitation and hygiene. This is an important need that population can’t avoid anymore, because it regards public health and safety but also human dignity.






Elisa Stucchi-
WASH & MH Coordinator