Youthreach in partnership with Indag Rubber Limited has launched a community development programme in Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh. An extensive need assessment study was conducted in the area to assess the critical issues that required interventions for the overall development of the community. Post analysis Project Chetna was launched in January 2015.
Under Project Chetna, issues of health, hygiene and sanitation are being targeted. Toilets are being constructed at individual homes and schools to tackle the problem of open defecation along with behaviour modification interventions to encourage people to use toilets. The construction is being carried out on a need basis in multiple phases and all the stakeholders and the households are being encouraged to be actively involved in the initiation and completion of the project at their village. Further awareness camps and health camps are being conducted with the help of the government hospital Nalagarh, anganwadi workers and ASHA workers to spread awareness on critical issues and to reach out to the people. Specialised camps and immunisation drives will also be conducted with the help of partner organisations in the future.
21 toilets have been constructed at Aduwal village in the Bhogpur panchayat. In the future Youthreach further plans to construct 50 more toilets in the year 2015-2016.