an NGO based in Tiruchi, established in 1986 concentrates on rural
development, empowering the marginalized women in rural areas found
out soon that open defecation due to inability to construct toilets
was one of the basic problems that prevented their economic development.
Increased income was always eroded by increased medical bill, and
fall in income due to increased absenteeism.
SCOPE then concentrated building toilets with the help of State
Government TSC, and other agencies, and built over 15,000 pit pour
and flush pit latrines. The fast 5 years scope has been focusing
on Ecological Sanitation and has Constructed over 2000 Ecosan Toilets
on the banks of the rivers Ganges and Cauveri and in Tsunami hit
Sandy coastal villages of Tamilnadu .
Sevanthilingapuram on the banks of the sacred River Cauvery, about
35Kms from Trichy on Trichy- Musiri road, consists of three habitations,
Sevanthilingapuram North with 201 dwellings, Sevanthilingapuram
south with 87 dwellings, and Umayalpuram with 96 houses. Only 42
out of 246 houses occupied had toilets. Hence 80% of the villagers
were forced to defecate in the open mostly on the banks of the River
Cauvery and an irrigation canal flowing in Sevanthilingapuram.
The residents were interested in having toilets in their houses
but due to water logging, pit latrines promoted under the TSC
were not feasible in the village. Septic tank latrines were too
costly for them.
Residents of Sevanthilingapuram on seeing the excellent performance
of the ECOSAN Compost Toilets in near by Kaliyapalayam were keen
to go for ECOSAN Compost Toilets with financial support from UNICEF
and State Government. So far in two phases 138 ECOSAN Compost
Toilets have been constructed. With the help Auro Annam of Auroville
(Pandichery) on the final phase ECOSAN Compost Toilets have been
constructed in the 63 house also Sevanthilingapuram earning the
distinction of being the First ECOSAN Village in the country.