Through Amrita's women empowerment initiatives, rural women are being trained to build their own toilets, thereby addressing the urgent need for sanitation infrastructure in rural communities. However, due to low literacy, women are unable to learn about constructing toilets through traditional pedagogy. To effectively disseminate instructions and ensure comprehension of concepts, a deeper understanding of village life and the women themselves are required along with a customized educational model that will empower and encourage the women.
With an increase in globalization, urbanization and consumerism has touched all parts of India, including its villages. While the benefits of globalization and development are prevalent, an adverse byproduct is the increase of non-biodegradable waste proliferating into rural communities that have always been known for their natural and pristine environments.
"During this period we learned about compost and vermicompost. It was very interesting! We also tested out some permaculture techniques, such as the bokachi technique, which is a fertilizer. Overall, this was a very enriching experience and we met a lot a nice people!"
- Loise Bagein, ISTOM, College of International Agro-Development, France