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Project Swabhiman

'Project Swabhiman' will support the construction of individual household toilets and bathing rooms in five tribal dominated villages of Lahanda, Bhagalpur, Balita, Birikala and Bileipada in Keonjhar district in Odisha.

The project aims to eliminate the practice of open defecation in five identified villages and sensitise the community on the importance of safe and healthy WASH practices towards triggering behaviour change in toilet usage and bathrooms.


1200 households, 5 villages


Keonjhar in Odisha




October 2015 to September 2020


INR 6.34 crore


Tata Sponge Iron Ltd.



  • Constitution of Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) with participation of all adult female and male head of households
  • Capacity building of village representatives and committees on leadership, fund management, gender issues and policy on water
  • Leverage ₹12,000 subsidy from Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for toilet constructions, wherever possible
  • Construction of toilets and bathing rooms for every household
  • Training village youth in plumbing and masonry for construction
  • Behaviour change communication and education in toilet use, hygiene practices like handwashing, personal cleanliness, menstrual hygiene etc
  • Working with women, children and school children to promote toilet use and maintenance, solid waste disposal and overall environmental sanitation