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New sanitation facilities for 100 secondary girls in Andhra district

Nov 02, 2017

MUFG commits INR 105 million to build 200 sanitation facilities for the schools under the Swachh Barat-Swachh Vidyala program

Chennai: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)’s banking entity The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry’s Socio Economic Development Foundation (FICCI-SEDF), today opened more than 100 new sanitation facilities across different schools for secondary school girls in the district of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.

The facilities were constructed under the government’s “Swachh Bharat-Swachh Viyalaya” program. Two years ago, MUFG had pledged INR 105 million for the project with FICCI-SEDF, the bank’s partner and administrator of the sanitation project. To date, more than half, or 105 of the facilities, have already been constructed. The rest are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Part of the MUFG’s donation will also be used to fund awareness programmes to inculcate the importance of having proper and safe sanitation for school-going children, especially girls.

The opening was marked at an event held in ZPHS Chinthalapatteda School at Nagari in Chittoor. Ryoichi Shinke, Regional Executive of India for MUFG, commented on the project: “We are pleased to see this project come to fruition. Our commitment to support initiatives directed towards succeeding generations has been our priority. Improving children’s health, school enrolment, attendance and retention, particularly among girls, pave the way for a new generation of healthy children in India.”

“FICCI Socio Economic Development Foundation (FICCI-SEDF) has collaborated with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. to implement their School Sanitation Project for Girls. Under the project, toilets are being built and maintained for girl students in 200 schools in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. An elaborate behavioural change programme is also being conducted across the 200 schools under this project. The project aims to encourage girl students to continue their education in-line with the national ‘Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya’ program, said Ms Jyoti Vij, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI.

The key feature of the Swachh Bharat-Swachh Viyalaya program is to ensure that all schools in India have a set of functioning and well maintained water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Through the project, schools will have access to drinking water and complete toilet facilities in the school compound for use by children and staff. The project also indirectly aims to improve the curriculum and teaching methods while promoting hygiene practices and community ownership of water and sanitation facilities within schools.

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