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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU ) with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance - Geneva

On 5 May 2009, the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) took a new step in India by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sulabh International Academy of Environmental Sanitation and Public Health.

Ms.Vessela Monta, Executive Director, International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance, Geneva, visited Sulabh office in New Delhi on 26th and 27th April, 2009 and finalized the agreement with the Sulabh Academy for setting up of Rainwater Harvesting project at Rama Krishna Mission Sevashram, Lucknow, funded by the IRHA. The agreement was finally signed on 28th April, 2009 at Lucknow.

The Sulabh International Academy of Environmental Sanitation and Public Health (SIAES) is a voluntary organization of national and international repute. With the assistance and cooperation of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation presided by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, the SIAES is dedicated to the formulation, monitoring and implementation of projects related mainly to environmental sanitation with focus on water, sanitation, health and hygiene. It also provides capacity building and training at national and international levels to the professionals and carries out applied and fundamental research as well as training and consultancy in the area of environmental sanitation on various issues related to social, environmental and technical developments.

The Memorandun of Understanding was signed for our mutual benefit and should allow our two organizations to consolidate their cooperation on the field of Rainwater Harvesting and Sanitation.

The IRHA will promote the SIAES’ activities through its newsletter and other communication channels aiming to educate and create awareness about water, sanitation, health, hygiene and other allied activities, while the SIAES will negotiate with the concerned authorities to include rainwater harvesting in education and training curricula of schools.

The members of the SIAES shall motivate and convince the sponsoring authorities, such as Central and State governments, Local Bodies, Public or Private sector undertaking hospitals, educational institutions, etc, of the usefulness of incorporating the provision of rainwater harvesting in the construction of public toilet complexes and will implement it whenever they undertakes a project themselves. The SIAES shall facilitate networking and information exchange related to Rainwater Harvesting and its management through its ongoing programme of School Sanitation Clubs.

The IRHA shall promote initiatives taken by the SIAES on the field of environmental sanitation in all its future projects in India and abroad and shall associate it in its implementation wherever possible. They shall undertake the work of capacity building and knowledge transfer on the field of environmental sanitation wherever the Rainwater Harvesting and Blue schools programmes were implemented.

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