Meet Nisha, a ten-year-old, youngest amongst her siblings, lives with her parents in Bhanwar Singh Camp, a slum in the urban city of New Delhi.
Due to family neglect, she developed a lot of bad habits when it came to personal hygiene. With only one community toilet set up, Nisha preferred defecating in the open than going all the way there. These bad hygiene practices lead to her falling ill more often than usual. Her attendance in school began to decline. With both her parents working to make ends meet, there was no one to take care of her at home.
It was during this time that Bal Raksha Bharat initiated the WASH project in the slum. At one of the sessions Nisha came in contact with the project staff who oriented and trained her on the need to practice good personal hygiene.
Now regular to school, her teachers have witnessed marked improvement in her performance. Not only is she is using her newly acquired knowledge to change perceptions within her community, she is also doing it in school.
Nisha has indeed lived up to the “age-no-bar” saying.
*Name and image of the child have been changed to ensure the safety.