Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Started in 1991

7 Districts in Karnataka

Building Human &
Social Capital

Family Centric

Identify local role models who become agents of change

Address Water, Sanitation & Hygiene in a holistic way through awareness generation, behavioural change, communication and advocacy

WASH in Institutions

20 Schools, 20 Anganawadi and 10 Health Care Centres
10 Gram Panchayath in Mysuru District.

Improving health, dignity & wellbeing of women, adolescent girls and children

27300 students, community members & healthcare facility workers have improved inclusive and sustainable access to water and

Capacity Building

Increased awareness, knowledge and practices on WASH among
200 teachers, student committees, frontline workers

Rainwater Harvesting

5 Rainwater harvesting structures with a potential to harvest 2.4 Million Liters and address shortage of drinking water

WASH in Healthcare Facilities

SVYM with UNICEF worked towards strengthening of Government healthcare facilities in Mysuru, Hassan and Kodagu districts of Karnataka for responding suitably to the COVID pandemic.

The project covered 346 Health Care Facilities (HCF), scaled up to cover 3 districts over the first phase implemented in 16 HCFs in Mysuru earlier.

346 Health Care Facilities with emergency WASH Supplies

The hygiene kits supplied potentially impacted a population of more than 70 lakhs, considering the annual average patient loads

20% Improvement of WASH in Health Care Facilities from baseline in all the Hospitals in Mysuru District

163 Handwash awareness, COVID-19 Awareness and vaccination hesitancy sessions conducted in 3 districts reaching a population of 7478


5 Sani-preneurs producing 10000 litres of sanitizer per month with INR 50000 monthly profit 

District Specific Government approved WASH in Health action plan

WASH CAB Training

Strengthening COVID Response through COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB)

5 Districts comprising Bengaluru, Dharwad, Mysuru, Kalaburgi & Belagavi engaged for COVID Appropriate Behaviour towards COVID-19 preparedness

2000+ Doctors, pharmacists, ambulance drivers, medical staff, people living with HIV, rural and urban slum communities & community radios sensitised about Covid Appropriate Behaviour

275000 Training and IEC Material distributed in 2500+ training sessions

Veerbhadra rebuilds his identity as a Swacchta Saarthi

Encouraging waste segregation at house hold level


Inclusion is not following the line but leading it

Veerbhadra Swamy has given ‘differently abled’ the meaning it deserves. He says his distinctly different ability may work well in delivering an important message.

Veerabhadra Swamy from Saragur is one among 403 Swachhta Saarthis selected from all over the country to spearhead Waste to Wealth Mission of the Principal Scientific Advisor of Government of India.

His mission – to make Swaccha Saragur by encouraging segregation of wet and dry waste at the household level. A plan for managing it long term both scientifically and sustainably.

He knows changing the mindset of people is not easy when it comes to managing their own waste. It calls for a different approach. People look at a differently abled person with a lot of curiosity. It gives me an opportunity to convey a message that is often ignored.

When he was young, he fell from the stairs while playing with his brother and soon started having seizure attacks. His parents took him to different temples, yet the problem persisted and later affected the entire right side of his body. His right arm and leg forever caught in a tight muscle contraction. He grew up with a conviction not to depend on others, often doing odd jobs.

He’d sell lottery tickets, unwantingly earning himself a title of ‘Lottery Bhadra’. But he wanted to reclaim his identity, the identity his parents gave him, the identity others just couldn’t see. All that was needed was a disruption in his story. SVYM approached Veerabhadra through its Program for Specially Abled Persons, offering him a proposal to apply

for Swacchta Saarthi Fellowship for Govt.’s Waste to Wealth Mission & lead the campaign of household level waste segregation in his Saragur Town in Mysuru District. By fate or by design, Veerabhadra saw it as a chance to redeem his identity.

SVYM has engaged with the local community in Saragur and neighbouring areas for WASH related interventions for nearly a decade. Role models like Veerbhadra are agents of sustainable change to encourage community taking ownership of development.

Our approach of building the human & social capital serves in making development an organic process that is directed from within – facilitating sustainability by being contextually relevant & culturally appropriate.

In one year, Veerabhadra Swamy has walked about 400 km in all the 12 Wards of Saragur town, knocking on every single door to ensure that the citizens are touched by the importance of waste segregation at source. And while doing so he has reclaimed his own identity and a new title of Swacchta Saarthi.