Sensitise to Sanitation (S2S) coalition

In order to address all elements related to sanitation, Habitat for Humanity India initiated the S2S Coalition. Its mandate is to work collaboratively with other organisations and actively seek ways to enhance the well-being of marginalized communities by providing access to sanitation facilities. This would be a coalition of nation-wide institutions with complementing skills and capabilities, coming together to address the eco-system of sanitation. The coalition seeks to systematically work on projects towards achieving Open Defecation Free districts in the country. The coalition brings together such individuals and organizations with complementary skills in areas such as Practitioners, Technology Providers, Research Agencies, Donors and Funding Agencies, Micro finance companies and International NGOs. Objectives of the Coalition Partnerships: Enable partnerships between organizations working in the area of total Sanitation. Advocacy: Engaging multiple stakeholders through networking and creating platforms for policy implementation and change. Implementation: Planning and implementation of total sanitation projects. Knowledge sharing: Offer knowledge sharing platforms for exchanging ideas on technologies and innovations and awareness building. Market approach: Promote micro lending among communities to gain access to sanitation. Fundraising: Enable joint fundraising initiatives from multiple stakeholders like corporates, High Net worth Individuals, Foundations etc. Through the setting up of the S2S Coalition we have helped build 1,07,764 toilets in total and 1406 school sanitation units and 175 community toilets. Through the coalition we have achieved an impact of over 27,75,954 people. Sensitise To Sanitise (S2S) Campaign Habitat India launched the Sensitise to Sanitise (S2S) campaign to provide sanitation units in households, communities and schools and to conduct behavioral change communication to ensure usage and maintenance of the facilities. The S2S campaign was launched in October 2014 and continues to help families bring social change. This campaign is run on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with people's involvement i.e. it is people owned and people driven. The organization believes in working collaboratively with the communities and actively seeking ways to enhance the well-being of marginalized communities by providing access to sanitation facilities and ensuring behavioral change among communities on the importance of WASH. We believe that children can be effective agents of change and can influence and educate families in issues of sanitation and hygiene. Initiating change at the household level can bring further ripple effect throughout the community.