Paradip, November 18 (LocalWire): As part of its initiative to reduce malnutrition and ensure better health in villages, the Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL) has joined hands with UNICEF and Harsha Trust to launch a Navratna Balya Gruha pilot project.
Under the CSR initiative, PPL will be developing 25 WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) compliant Anganwadi centers in Bagadia, Mangrajpur, Fatepur, and Kothi panchayats of Kujang block in Jagatsinghpur district.
The collaboration will strengthen the capacities of ICDS frontline functionaries and improve health and quality learning that cannot be achieved without access to functional WASH infrastructure and hygiene at the Anganwadi centers.
Experts point out that WASH in Anganwadi centers is especially important since it encourages inculcation and adoption of correct sanitation and hygiene practices from pre-school education, which is expected to have an impact on their lives throughout.
Besides, providing WASH information to pregnant and post-natal mothers who receive supplementary nutrition from these centres will also enable them to adopt good hygiene practices and influence members of the household.
The announcement was made by PPL COO Ranjit Singh Chugh and UNICEF’s Odisha chief Monika Nielsen at an event organised by PPL to inaugurate the new building of Ama Anganwadi Kendra that has been built as part of its CSR initiatives at Bagadia Gram Panchayat.