A young woman’s revolution to bring clean water and bio-toilets in rural India

Roma Rajpal Weiss

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Sanchaita Gajapati Raju, a lawyer and media professional, chose to give up her life of luxury in 2011 when she set up her NGO, Social Awareness Newer Alternatives (SANA). The organization works tirelessly to provide access to clean water and sanitation facilities in over 20 villages in India. Roma Rajpal Weiß talked to the inspiring young woman about her journey.

Sanchaita is brimming with passion as she narrates her experience. “I was very young when I first travelled to the tribal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Vishakapatnam with my mother. The villagers would run to buy us a bottle of mineral water because they knew that the water they had access to was not good enough to serve to guests.”

That is when she first noted the lack of facilities in rural India. The villagers would offer their guests expensive bottled water while they had no access to clean water…

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