Our Champions Are Here!

50 women from 16 states around India have convened at Amrita University for a historic cause. They have taken up the responsibility of becoming Community Organizers for the UNDEF Women Empowerment: Community Sanitation through Democratic Participation Project (WE:CSDP). They will become our first women leaders and Champions of Change. They will take part in a 10-day Train the Trainer initiative, inspired by the urgent need to improve sanitation in rural areas and the urgency to empower women...
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Ratanpur, Bihar: A Nudge to the Toilet

Written by Amar Rayne In a social behaviour experiment to see if we could encourage the shift from open defecation towards toilet usage, myself and two international students coming through the Live-In-Labs program, namely Ana Carolina Rocha from Brazil and Aleix Carreras from Spain, set forth to Ratanpur village in the state of Bihar, where AMMACHI Labs had just completed the construction of two sets of communal toilets. One set of communal toilets consisted of two toilets side by sid...
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Extreme Village Makeover Unites Women!

In a perfect example of taking up social responsibility, our Rural Toilet Building trainees (all women) of Kanti village, Haryana have brought about a transformation in their community by addressing sanitation and hygiene issues. Kanti has long suffered with roads that are full of stagnant water, pathogens, and other waste. Moreover, Haryana still has a poor track record in regard to quality of life indicators such as health, mortality, and sex ratio. However, things began to take a ...
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WE: Sanitation Annual Update 2015

Can technology and life skills be used to bring about social changes to address India’s challenges like open defecation and unhealthy sanitation practices? We believe so! A year ago, twenty women from the village of Bhoi Sahi in Odisha took a bold step for themselves and their families. They were the first women to participate in AMMACHI Labs’ skill development model (cVET + LEE) to build fully functional toilets in their own homes and spread awareness of sanitation in their community. Th...
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Women’s Empowerment Principles: “Equality Means Business”

It’s a known fact demonstrating leadership on gender equality through the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) proves to be "better for business." But beyond just the bottom line, empowering women across all sectors and levels of economic activity to reach their full economic potential is essential to alleviate poverty and create lasting social impact. Those principles are very dear to Amrita University's AMMACHI Labs  and through extensive research and field work in women empowerment, s...
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From Odisha to the United Nations

"Dear Vidya Nair, we are delighted that you will be joining us at the United Nations in New York, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 for the UNAI-START/Amrita University Conference on Technology for Sustainable Development." As a young professional trying to curb my way into the world of development work, being selected to attend was a dream come true. Not only would UN representatives be present but also the exciting work that I participated in at first-hand during my internship at AMMACHI Labs at A...
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“They Just Empowered Me!”

As part of our commitment to empowering women through sanitation awareness and toilet building in rural villages, AMMACHI Labs has sent several team members to experience the village. Radhika Mohan sat down with a few women from Byse, Karnataka for a short, enlightening peek into their lives. Here is her account: “No, No…… We can’t do it alone, it’s too heavy. If you want you can do it and if the ring breaks you will be responsible to build new one!” Literally a war was going on, when I ...
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