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Covid19 Call to Action - Enabling handwashing among the world's poorest communities

By Sanitation First Limited Gift aid eligible

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Covid19 Call to Action - Enabling handwashing among the world's poorest communities

Executive Summary

Schools are set to re-open in India, with currently the second largest number of confirmed cases of Covid19.  We decided to rapidly address the lack of hand washing in schools and hospitals with our decades of on the ground local knowledge and experience and successful track record. We also see this as an opportunity to address deep rooted issues and barriers to girls’ education, such as menstruation education and girls’ wellbeing at school and ‘build back equal’. Sanitation First wants to provide a holistic and sustainable solution to address sanitation problems in India. Our simple yet bespoke purpose designed and built hand washing units can have a huge impact on the health and future of thousands of children and adults in India. Our appeal is to raise a minimum of £68,000 across 54 key locations plus £52,500 of sanitary pads for girls. This exciting initiative will benefit circa 14,000 schoolchildren and teachers, together with sanitary pads for around 7,000 girls.

Impact Indicators

People: Social Impact

Number of Lives Impacted:



Female, Male


4-11, 12-17, 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 60+

Employment Status:

Student, Employed, Self-employed, Unemployed


Disabled, Non-Disabled


Urban, Suburban, Rural, Remote

Planet: Environmental Impact







Topic and Activity Grid




Health & Medical

Women Empowerment

Clean Energy

Education & Training




Goods Provision

Infrastructure Provision

Services Provision

Research & Development

Raising Awareness





Project Outcome Indicators

Short Term:

— Number of users and interactions

Increase in hygiene, decrease in disease, illness

— Distribution of sustainable hand sanitation basins and hygienic pads

Coronavirus mitigation

— Distribution of sustainable hand sanitation basins and hygienic pads

Improve girls education and wellbeing at school

— Roll out of gravity fed hand wash units

Provide hygiene facilities in 54 key target areas in southern India dealing with extreme poverty.

— 10 PRIMARY SCHOOLS, 10 SMALL SENIOR SCHOOLS, 10 MEDIUM SENIOR SCHOOLS, 10 COMMUNITY SPACES, 10 HOSPITALS 10 primary, 10 small senior, 10 medium senior, 2 large senior, 2 extra-large senior schools, 10 community spaces, 10 hospitals

Provide gravity-fed wash units

Long Term:

— Number of users and interactions

Increase in hygiene, decrease in disease, illness

— Installation and use of hand wash facilities, provision of sanitary pads

Better access to education in southern India

— Access to Sanitation First hand wash facilities and sanitary pads in schools in southern India

Female empowerment

— Access to hand wash facilities in hospitals, schools and community spaces in southern India

Sustainable development of long term infrastructures

— Access to hand wash facilities and sanitary pads in schools and community spaces in southern India

Build back equal


In 2021 on a rolling basis we will build, supply, install and maintain the bespoke Sanitation First hand washing drum units, a very simple piece of equipment with a huge impact to provide hygiene facilities in 54 key target areas in southern India dealing with extreme poverty. There are three different units, two gravity-fed and one solar-power and drums are either connected to the mains water system (where existing) or refilled periodically to maintain continuous use. We have tried and tested the units close to the Covid19 entrance at Cuddalore hospital. Usage exceeded our wildest imagination and the basin is being used daily by over 750 people! Our focus in the first instance will be to roll-out gravity-fed units.

10 PRIMARY SCHOOLS                               £  5,000
10 SMALL SENIOR SCHOOLS                    £  7,500 
10 MEDIUM SENIOR SCHOOLS                £12,000
10 COMMUNITY SPACES                           £12,000
10 HOSPITALS                                               £  8,500
2 LARGE SENIOR SCHOOLS                      £10,000



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will provide A single basin 200 litre gravity-fed unit used by minimum 100 children/adults for the life of a unit. This includes hygiene training and soap for the first year, £5 per person for the first year, and a nominal sum thereafter, less than one half of a penny per wash.


will provide A triple basin 1,000 litre gravity-fed unit used by a minimum of 500 children/adults for the minimum life of a unit. This includes hygiene training and soap for the first year. This equates to £2.40 per person for the first year, less than one quarter of a penny per wash.


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Goal 1: No Poverty

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Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

This goal seeks to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. There is a specific focus on violence, trafficking and other types of exploitation, as well as a recognition of unpaid care work, provision of basic public services, and full reproductive and sexual rights. In the spirit of equality of access and opportunity, there is a workplace leadership and economic element, as well as the creation of an empowering policy environment for women and girls at all levels.

Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation

This goal champions universal and equitable access to water and sanitation for all people. There is an element around hygiene promotion, efficiency of use, championing the building and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure and technologies, and building strong international partnerships to ensure equality and sustainability of water and sanitation services worldwide.

Goal 7: Affordable And Clean Energy

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Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

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Your project is addressing the following pillars:


An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.


Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.


Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.


Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.


To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.

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