Creating Pure Minds, Clean Villages in Mangalore
The project which will benefit 9 villages around MRPL in Mangalore will be working for:
▶ Menstrual Health and Hygiene training for girls
▶ Promoting Solid Waste Management in temples
▶ Creating infrastructure through construction of community toilet blocks
Mangalore: The Vyakti Vikas Kendra India under the aegis of The Art of Living has been engaged in Shubhra Grama, Shuddha Manasu Programme - Community driven Sustainable Sanitation in Mangalore in collaboration with the Mangalore Refinery Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL). At the very onset of the project, in November 2017, a Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) survey was conducted to understand the needs of the region with a focus on sanitation.
The survey was conducted by a multilingual team from VVKI and covered nine gram panchayats of Mangalore namely Madya, Surinje, Delanthabettu, Permude, Kalavar, Chelliru,- Kuthethur, Bala and Jokatte. Through in-depth interviews with the villagers and group discussions, the RRA team conducted quantitative and qualitative research and collected the relevant data. Plans are afoot to install Organic Waste Compost Units in four temples in the area, namely - Kateel temple, Kukke Subramanya temple, Mangladevi temple and Kadri temple. The construction of a Toilet block at Ganeshpura temple, Katipalla, in Mangalore has also been sanctioned.
Around 60 schools have been short-listed where The Art of Living’s Project Pavitra will be addressing adolescent girls with problems related to menstrual health and hygiene. Six groups each including 2-3 women have been trained as community health trainers to conduct these trainings in Mangalore. So far, training has been concluded in eight schools reaching out to more than two hundred girls.