In rural India, the situation in government schools can sometimes be challenging for young students. Without adequate sanitation facilities in schools, girls are more likely to drop out of school. Studies have found that 66 percent of girls’ schools lack functioning toilets in the country resulting more than 40 percent girls dropping out after completing just year five. With the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Government of India has made a renewed effort to push for provision of toilet facilities in schools and households within the country.
Essar Foundation has recently constructed toilets for the students at the Government school in Mithoi village, Gujarat. In the past, it has constructed a sanitary block in a co-educational school in Dihen village, Surat District. In Kirandul village, Chhattisgarh, the Foundation has also constructed a water storage cum bathing complex for the residents.