Water and Sanitation
In Orissa, thousands of people die every year due to diseases related to lack of basic sanitation in both rural and urban areas. It remains one of the biggest development challenges in Orissa. Improved sanitation is the key to achieve the health related Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) of reducing child mortality.

Water and sanitation service infrastructure and personal hygienic behaviors are potentially important determinants of health. In rural India, the infrastructure for providing safe water and effective management of human wastes is typically inadequate or completely missing. Consequently, people's options for managing household water and human waste are limited, and their coping strategies often include behaviors that are harmful to their health. The inadequate water and sanitation infrastructure and service delivery and unsafe behaviors are collectively responsible for high diarrhea incidence, especially in children (Hughes et al., 2001; Wang, 2002; WHO, 2002). In 1990, diarrhea alone was estimated to cause over 700,000 child deaths per year in India, second after acute respiratory infections (ARl), which may also be linked with poor hygienic practices such as hand washing (Murray and Lopez, 1996).

In addition to contributing to high infant and child mortality, the resultant morbidity in young children negatively affects their growth and educational achievement and imposes considerable burden on their families.

Mahashakti decided to start awareness campaign through different need based interventions on water and sanitation and also provided toilets to the community with the support of National Housing Bank and FWWB India. Till date we have supported 550 households under this program.

We conduct following activities under the program :

Village Study, Awareness Campaign, Workshop on water and sanitation, Training to masons, Technical support and guide to construct toilets, Loan fund support