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Ola and Gramalaya to build toilets for underprivileged across India
For this programme, Ola has partnered with Gramalaya, an approved key resource centre from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation who will use the proceeds in their on-going efforts to build toilets for the underprivileged across India.
Ola, on Monday, launched a nationwide crowdfunding campaign with an aim to enable building toilets across India. Their target is to “positively impact” over 20,000 people across the country.
Launched under Ola’s “My Ride. My Cause” programme, users will be able to contribute Re 1 per ride from April 2 until October 2, 2019. For this programme, Ola has partnered with Gramalaya, an approved key resource centre from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation who will use the proceeds in their on-going efforts to build toilets for the underprivileged across India.
The announcement follows the launch of Ola’s April Fool’s video, “Ola Restrooms”, which aimed at building awareness around the need for accessible and hygienic lavatories in India. Highlighting the need for more public toilets in the country, the digital campaign introduces Ola Restrooms.
Speaking about the initiative, Anand Subramanian, Sr Director, Marketing Communications, said, “Since inception, Ola has been committed to supporting causes that deeply impact our cities and citizens. Access to toilets and sanitation can significantly improve hygiene and quality of life for people. Through this campaign, we aim to heighten awareness amongst educated audiences and enable them to contribute meaningfully,” adding, “We are proud to partner with the team at Gramalaya who have been leading efforts to build sustainable sanitation infrastructure for the past 30 years in rural India.”
S Damodaran, Founder & CEO of Gramalaya, said, “Sanitation provides safety, security and privacy for women and adolescent girls and we envision a society where everyone has access to safe sanitation facilities that empower individuals and communities. Gramalaya has successfully demonstrated sustainable sanitation models over the past 30 years and plans to expand these facilities to other parts of India. We are grateful to Ola for facilitating the crowdfunding campaign to help us achieve the goal of making India cleaner and healthier.”
In addition to the water and sanitation facilities created in the operational areas, the long lasting behaviour changes among the communities particularly among the women, adolescent girls and children resulted in the improvement of living conditions of the people with privacy, safety, security and dignity for them. The Government of Telangana is actively involved in our program as one of the major stakeholders in promoting household sanitation facilities in the State by giving permission for sand supply through the Mandal Revenue Officer and District Administration. The District Collector and SBM project functionaries are actively participating in the village Open Defecation Declaration functions and extended their full co-operation for the Swachh Ghar Mission program of VST Industries Ltd and Gramalaya the implementing organisation.
Here’s how customers can start contributing:
Step 1: Once a ride is booked, customers will be able to see an option to contribute Re 1 on the ride-booking screen.
Step 2: Upon clicking “see how,” customers will be able to see detailed information about Gramalaya and how their contributions will be used.
Step 3: The button at the bottom of the screen that says “Donate INR 1 on every ride” enables the contributions.
Step 4: Once accepted, customers will see their contribution towards the initiative in the ride details screen for every ride. Customers can choose to opt in and out at any point of time.
Step 5: Alternatively, customers can activate contributions from the “Donations” section, under Profiles in the global menu.