World Toilet College

World Toilet College

Project Approach

The persistence of manual scavenging as an invisible but omnipresent socio-economic reality in India is a blot on the country’s development trajectory. There are legal prohibitions in place, but the law enforcement of the 2013 Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act has led to gross misrepresentations in data and maintenance of formal records of the people employed as manual scavengers. Its underlying interlinkages and complexities have led to an urgent need to address the issue of rehabilitation of the sanitation workers. The Harpic World Toilet College was conceptualised for this purpose, to improve the livelihoods, health and safety for 7,700 sanitation workers over the period of 3 years (2018- 2021).

The World Toilet College was conceptualized to uplift the quality of work of sanitation workers, removed from the inhumane hazards of manual scavenging and provide them with dignified livelihoods.

Project Vision:

To eliminate the inhuman practice of manual scavenging and improve status of Sanitation Workers by giving dignified living through Harpic World Toilet College.

Goal:

Providing dignified livelihood and access to basic rights to Sanitation Workers and improved  self-worth through

  • Entrepreneurship promotion in sanitation value chain through capacity enhancement and market linkages.
  • Employment linked vocational training using ICT and inter-person tools, ranging from technical training to soft skills to career counselling and partnership development

Project objectives:

The Harpic World College Aurangabad, Maharashtra aims ‘to improve the quality of life of sanitation workers through their rehabilitation by linking them with dignified livelihood options’. With focus on sanitation workers, the specific objectives are:

  • To rehabilitate 5000 sanitation workers by up-skilling and linking them with dignified alternative livelihood options both through enterprise formation or employment/placement;
  • To demonstrate community owned entrepreneurship models that provide access to quality, affordable and sustainable sanitation solutions for up-scaling.
  • Bringing financial stability and creating financial sustainability among sanitation
  • To develop training tools focused on entrepreneurship development and different job profiles in sanitation value chain.

Online Training Target – 2021 -22

Total Trainees - 3,000

Strategies

Meeting the Municipal Corporation authorities and obtaining the list of sanitation workers and explaining the authorities about the project.  This is to make them understand the need of the training which is to bring the much needed change among the sanitation workers and to provide them an opportunity to end the practice of unsafe and uncertain job positions. 

Educate the sanitation workers, the various opportunities and schemes available in the country and the support schemes of the Government towards their upliftment.   A detailed audio video training is conducted and explained about,  the scopes, risks and the strategies to be adopted for a safe and sustainable work environment.

Interaction with different stake holders to find out possibilities of placement of the trained sanitation workers to the different work requirements at Hotels, Shopping Malls, Hospitals and Public institutions.  The training to those having android phones are facilitated with online training not to disturb their works and those who do not have an android phone are being invited to the WTC premises and physical training is being imparted. 

Total Online Training Status

 So far 1981 candidates are trained and the remaining candidates will be trained before 10.03.2022

S.No.Name of the State Referral
Submitted
Candidates
Applied
Candidates
Registered
App
Downloaded
Training
Completed
01Tamil Nadu659654653653651
02Andhra Pradesh741736735710708
03Kerala693691691624622
04Grand Total 20932081207919871981

Impact created

HWTC has created an impact in the minds of the sanitation workers that an organisation is there to pay attention to the care and future of the neglected sector of sanitation.  The trainings have revealed that even in the Government sector, Sanitation workers are being employed and not trained in anyway.  The training by HWTC gives them a pride by the valuable mementos which are very useful for their regular use and also the placement assistance by informing about their training in the World Toilet College. 

All the trainings are being given special care by following the Protocol of the pandemic regulations.