Suvidha – The community hygiene centre
HUL has always been at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to the health and hygiene challenges faced by the less privileged section of the society. HUL has built a first-of-its-kind urban water, hygiene and sanitation community centre named Suvidha (which means ‘facility’ in Hindi) in Azad Nagar, Ghatkopar, one of the largest slums in Mumbai.
The community centre provides water, sanitation, handwashing, shower facilities and laundry services at significantly lower than market rates. Suvidha has adopted circular economy principles to reduce water use. Fresh water is first used for brushing teeth, bathing, handwashing and laundry. The waste water from these activities becomes the input for flushing toilets.
A secure and safe children’s play area has been built on the roof top and there are separate entrances for female users making it safe for use even at night.
We built the centre in 2016 with our partners, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and Pratha Samajik Sanstha, a community-based organisation. The project was devised, developed and built in close consultation with the local community.
The community centre caters to over 1,500 people in the slum.