Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Cleanliness is Close to Godliness"

It's been a little more than  a week here in Ahmedabad.

Although things with the internship have been slow to start, I have been given the project of International Recruitment with respect to web media. I am very excited to start working on this project as well as starting on my research project.
During one of our retreats, we went to the Environmental Sanitation Institute,Sughad. Volunteers and Full-time employees went in to learn on ways to implement sustainable sanitation. While each of us was going around and speaking about their own experience with hygiene or sanitation, one of the volunteers mentioned that many of the young girls in Municipal schools-schools funded by the government- were discouraged to attend schools because of the situation of toilets. For instance, many of the school restroom for girls have no ceiling/privacy and as such girls do not feel comfortable relieving themselves in school. As the volunteer stated, this problem can be easily alleviated. The volunteer's name is Nikita and she is a University student, in the future I wish to go interview the volunteers that work with municipal students and ask them about circumstances that impede students attending school. From this point, I intend to analyze the interviews to find any culture specific problems, like the one of hygiene and the disproportionate effect on gender.  

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like you are off to a good start and digging into some issues! I look forward to hearing more about this project!