Sanitation and Health Rights in India

Sanitation and Health Rights in India

Sanitation and Health Rights in India addresses two problems: about 600 millions Indians defecate in the open and 100 million lack access to clean drinking water. SHRI builds toilets that collect human waste, later using the methane released from the excrement to power generators that filter water for use.

At a Glance

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  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)


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Organization Mission

SHRI (formerly Humanure Power) fights alongside communities to end open defecation as a key step in an ongoing struggle for health equity and social and economic justice.

Area of Focus

Social and Economic Justice
Defecating outside compromises women’s safety, and 40% of female school dropouts cite lack of school toilets as the cause. Moreover, men spend up to 1 hour of each workday looking for a place to defecate, decreasing productivity by $10 billion annually. Our facilities will keep women safe and in school and help men bring more money to their families.

End Open Defecation
SHRI builds community toilets that are free to use in order to counter India’s sanitation crisis. We believe that access to this essential sanitation infrastructure is a right, not a privilege.

Health Equity
600 million Indians defecate outside daily, exposing the public to 100,000 tons of untreated, disease-spreading feces that kills 450,000 people annually. Nearly 50% of these deaths occur in children under 5. Access to our toilets and safe drinking water will prevent mortality and morbidity, thus empowering people to live healthy and productive lives.

SHRI Fights Alongside Communities
SHRI has a strong commitment to participatory development and recognizes communities as the protagonists in the fight for justice. Community members are involved in each step of the process - from design of the toilet facilities, to management of the water system, to the collection of data - ensuring bottom up development.