TWAD Board – CCDU (Community Capacity Development Unit)

The TWAD Board, with the aims of creating awareness on the judicious use of water, have created the “Community Capacity Development Unit” (CCDU) in accordance with the Guidelines on “Swajaldhara” (Centrally sponsored programme funded by Dept. of Drinking Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India)  scheme and entrusted this task to COODU. Accordingly, the Organization revived and strengthened the “Water & Sanitation Committees” (WATSAN) in Coimbatore district to better manage water resources and its judicious use and to create sanitary facilities. The organization prepared IEC materials and organized awareness campaigns on a massive scale in 28 Panchayats in the district of Coimbatore.


The organization also organized interactive sessions for the elected representative of local bodies, youth and SHGs members with Power Point Presentation on Water & Sanitation, who would take the message to the people in their areas.  With overexploitation of ground water resources and pollution caused by industrial effluents, the campaign is bound to make people towards better water management and best sanitary practices.

Based on the experience of the COODU in the formation of WATSAN committees, training of beneficiaries under TSC, construction of IHHLs and  creation of awareness on water and sanitation in Coimbatore district, the TWAD Board has selected the Organisation in the year 2006 to implement programmes under the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission such as situation analysis, participatory rural appraisal, IEC activities, etc., and to conduct various training programmes in association with the Communication and Capacity Building Unit (CCDU ) of the TWAD Board.

During the year 2012, the COODU had conducted the following training programmes sponsored by the CCDU –TWAD Board.

  1. Training of members of VWSCs on Planning, Monitoring and Management of Public Water Supply Schemes.
  2. Training of representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions on Planning, Monitoring and Management of Public Water Supply Schemes (PWSS).
  3. Training of Grass root level workers on monitoring water quality by using Field Water Testing Kits (FWTK)- Level-1.
  4. Training of women SHG members on water safety, Health and Hygienic practices.
  5. Training of representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions on monitoring water quality by using Field Water Testing Kits (FWTK).
  6. Training of Teachers, PTA members and students on safe, protected water, best hygiene practices and monitoring water quality in schools.
  7. Training of Grass root level workers such as masons, pump mechanics, OHT operators, etc., on effective Operation and Maintenance of pumpsets.
  8. Training of Grass root level workers on monitoring water quality by using Field Water Testing Kits (FWTK) – Level-2.

The Organisation has conducted the aforesaid training programmes in several districts as follows:

S.No. District No. Blocks No. Programmes
1 Coimbatore (2007 – 2010) 12 72/Year
2 Tiruppur (2011 – 2013) 12 154/Year
3 The Nilgris (2011 – 2013) 4 77/Year
4 Thanjavur (2012 – 2013) 13 128/Year
5 Thiruvannamalai (2013) 18 108/Year
6 Krishnagiri (2013) 6 36/Year
7 Thiruvalluvar (2013) 4 24/Year

Maintenance of public conveniences

With shortage of sanitation workers, the corporation of Coimbatore was unable to properly maintain public conveniences and therefore approached COODU to facilitate in maintaining 81 public conveniences in 3 zones. COODU engaged urban SHG in maintaining the public convenience.

Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award Verification Work

Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award (1)

Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award is an award given by Central Government to the Total sanitation villages. The villages to be selected for this award should have the following facilities – adequate personal and community toilets, drainage facilities, separate functional toilets for girls and boys in schools and clean and tide environment without waste water stagnation anywhere.

Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award (2)

Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award (3)

The main objective of this award is

  1. To bring the topic of sanitation to the forefront of social and political development discourse in rural India.
  2. To develop open defecation free and clean villages which will act as models for others to emulate.
  3. To give incentive to PRIs to sustain the initiatives taken by them to eliminate the practice of open defecation from their respective geographical area by way of full sanitation coverage.

To increase social mobilization in TSC implementation, by recognizing the catalytic role played by organizations in attaining universal sanitation coverage Organizations such as NGOs, CBOs and SHGs who have been the driving force for effecting full sanitation coverage in the respective PRI area, duly recommended and nominated by the State are eligible to be considered for the NGP. Only such organizations will be considered for the awards that have made outstanding contribution to the cause of sanitation. The criteria for recommendation and nomination will be as follows:

Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM) (Swajaldhara)

Under the sector reform project, the COODU has conducted 60 training camps and organised two seminars for the Watsan committee members comprising SHG members, Panchayat ward members, teachers and elders.

Model Clean Village Campaign (CVC) under TSC and SGRY

Under the centrally sponsored Total Sanitation Campaign(TSC) and Sampoorna Gramin Rojgar Yojana(SGRY), Model Clean Villages have been established by COODU in the following villages in Coimbatore district:  

Construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL)


Women masons were trained for construction of IHHL.  Grants and subsidies were made available for needy households and 100 percent toilet construction was achieved.


School Sanitation Programme

As part of the Clean Village Campaign, school sanitation activities were also undertaken.  School headmasters and teachers were provided with training and encouraged to teach children the importance of hygiene and sanitation.  COODU facilitated in construction of Toilets in schools and provided with water facilities.  All village children were encouraged to use footwear and wash hands before and after eating/ using toilets.  The children were seen as a good medium to spread the message of sanitation to the elders in the village.