Sulabh Research Division

Surveys are conducted in the urban slums and rural areas before the medical check-up camps are organized in order to increase the efficiency of medical check-up camps.

Survey work was done in Betul and Shivpuri districts of Madhya Pradesh before training and awareness Programmes were conducted for Panchayati Raj officials under a project titled, ‘Empowerment of Women Leadership at the Grass-root Level.’ This Programme was supported by British High Commission.

Socio-economic culture and adoption of low-cost toilet facilities surveys were also conducted by the organization in some villages such as Bhondsi, Palara, Tikli, Aklimpur, etc. in Gurgaon district of Haryana.

Survey work was done at Ranchi, Jharkhand for indentifying liberated scavengers and understanding their socio-economic conditions. A two-day workshop on ‘New Self-employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers’ was held subsequently.

Sulabh International treats hygiene, sanitation and health as tools of social change. Many contemporary social problems related to these are major constraints in the process of change and development. It is necessary to study the structural and cultural aspect of communities for accelerating the process of development, including the area of sanitation and water use. There are numerous major socio-cultural stumbling blocks in the process of social change and development. The Research Division investigates these problems, identifies the blocks and suggests strategies to overcome them. Its approach includes action and participatory researches.

During the last three years the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, sanctioned three evaluation studies, e g., post-metric scholarship in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

The Research Division conducted follow-up studies of trainees passing out from the Sulabh Vocational Training Centre and of Adoptees in Social Integration Programmes. It studied the family backgrounds of slum children attending the Sulabh Slum Children Welfare Programme. It has also provided consultancy to the National Human Rights Commission organizing a two-day Workshop on ‘Liberated Scavengers for Rehabilitation in Different Occupations’ as one of the highlights of its ‘action’ sociological study undertaken in the state of Jharkhand.

Stree Shakti Camps were also organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of N.C.T. of Delhi.