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Boond Project : improving the quality of life of marginalized communities

This project’s aim is to improve the quality of life of marginalized communities in the districts of Gaya and Madhubani, in the state of Bihar, India, through community- and institution-led sustainable and equitable access to WASH services.
Targeted population
5 years
2019 to 2024
Districts of Gaya and Madhubani, Bihar, India
Partners involved
One Drop thanks METRO AG and WaterAid Canada — as well as the project's executing partner, WaterAid India, and the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Public Health Engineering Department, Department of Rural Development and Jeevika — for making this life-changing project possible!
Our key strategies

The Gaya-Madhubani project includes piped water supply, water quality monitoring, Social Art for Behaviour Change activities, and active measures towards making services sustainable, by establishing entrepreneurial models. The project supports district and state administrations to promote community-managed models through training and capacity building. In addition, this project will support governmental stakeholders in assessing and improving water-quality labs. The goal of the Gaya and Madhubani project is to have an impact on critical WASH behaviours that contribute to poor health outcomes, particularly for children, adolescent girls, and women.

A·B·C for Sustainability

The proposed project will be implemented using our A•B•C for Sustainability model:

- Increase access to safe, sustainable, inclusive and gender-sensitive water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in communities, including in schools, health centers and public places and build capacities of institutions to provide and manage them.

Behaviour Change
- Improve WASH behaviours such as handwashing with soap, safe disposal of child faeces and menstrual hygiene management, promoted and sustained through Social Art for Behaviour Change and by building capacity of Leaders of Change.

- Ensure access to WASH services through women-led market-based livelihood and entrepreneurial models.

Repair of 34 community handpumps and standposts
Installation of six portable handwashing units in five local markets
Retrofitting of WASH facilities in five health care facilities
Distribution of 500 hygiene kits to frontline health care workers
Carrying out of hygiene messaging in project areas using local media and art forms.
Since 2019, the Boond project has enabled better WASH services in 41 schools, positively impacting the lives of more than 8,300 people.
As of December 2021, 4,691 people have gained access to at least basic drinking water services.
The METRO Water Initiative
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One Drop is partnering with international wholesale and food specialist METRO.
One Drop is partnering with international wholesale and food specialist METRO.

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