On the occasion of World Water Week 2015 (Aug 23-Aug 28), a project by Nestlé India – WASH (‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Implementation at the Workplace), aims to ensure access to safe water and sanitation, and appropriate facilities to employees for personal hygiene. It is also reaching out to the rural sector that is hugely ridden by the water crisis.
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To spread the word as far as possible, Nestlé India is making use of rural networks- mainly partnerships with schools and village communities. Being schooled in the module of ‘water awareness’, students are being encouraged to form ‘Water Committees’ for the maintenance and upkeep of the storage tanks. In addition, they are also propagating the lessons in judicious water consumption amongst their families and friends.
Nestlé India has also been constructing sanitation facilities and toilets for girl students in village schools to reduce the dropout rate caused by lack of proper sanitation facilities. These facilities are being provided in communities around the Nestlé plants.
“Nestlé India is proud that we have made a difference to more than 180,000 students in the rural schools. While our clean drinking water projects directly benefit 95,000 students, the water awareness programme on conservation and protection of water resources that emphasizes responsible utilization of water for a sustainable future has reached 52,000 students. The sanitation projects launched later have already benefitted 36,500 girl students,” says Mr. Sanjay Khajuria, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Nestlé India.