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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Women Artisan Crafts displayed at Amma’s Birthday

This past week, Amrita Serve and AMMACHI Labs worked together to exhibit village products at Amma's 63rd birthday celebrations in Amritapuri. There were hand crafts made by women from Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, colorful spices from Byse, Karnataka, and traditional sculpture pieces from Chhattisgarh. Amrita Serve was also selling reusable cloth sanitary napkins, designed and made in Amritapuri, and hand made soap. Products included bags, both sewn and crocheted, ...
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From Saint Louis to Odisha – Chandan’s Village Experience

"My name is Chandan Yashraj and I am studying public health, international studies, and emergency management at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. I am going into my senior year of university. I had the privilege to come to Odisha this year to spend 2 weeks, from July 14 – 27, with the villagers of Guptapada, a beautiful village located about half an hour from the city of Bhubaneshwar. I had always heard about the amazing work that AMMACHI Labs does throughout India, but ...
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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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