World’s leading consumer Health and Hygiene Company, Reckitt along with its partner Jagran Pehel is all set to expand its presence for Harpic World Toilet College by setting up colleges in 5 Indian states, including Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu apart from the existing centre in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
Through this expansion, the college aims to empower and equip 7,000 sanitation workers in 1 year to lead dignified and healthy lives. The college will also be providing support to 50 Self Help Groups who will work in creating last-mile awareness, as a part of the initiative. These groups will be provided strategic support and will be aligned with Micro Finance Institutions for a possible cooperative model for them. Through robust and comprehensive training and post-placement support, the main aim of Harpic World Toilet College is to help sanitation workers lead dignified lives by providing opportunities for alternate livelihoods.
Gaurav Jain, Senior VP, Reckitt, South Asia, said, “At Reckitt, we are committed to helping and supporting people lead cleaner, healthier lives through better health, hygiene and nutrition. The state of sanitation workers in our country is an alarming concern and we realised the dire need to enable and empower them to lead dignified lives. At Harpic World Toilet College we have been training sanitation workers by equipping them with the right skill set which helps them secure jobs and lead dignified lives. Having trained 7,700 workers so far, we are now expanding the initiative to 5 more states, which will help more and more sanitation works uplift their lives and live with dignity.”
Ravi Bhatnagar, Director, External Affairs and partnerships, SOA, Reckitt, said, “Sanitation workers are the backbone of our country’s hygiene system. Unfortunately, many of them work under hazardous working conditions, which lead to critical diseases and health complications. As an organisation, we are committed to supporting communities and helping people lead healthy and dignified lives. Through the expansion of Harpic World Toilet College to 5 new states, our endeavour is to transform the lives of 7,000 sanitation workers and bring about a positive change in their socio-economic status.”