Anoop Jain on 8 October 2014 won 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award. He was awarded for his exemplified values of a Global Citizen through his work in founding Humanure Power (HP) in Bihar in 2011 that builds community sanitation facilities in rural India.
The award carried a cash prize of 100000 US dollar in recognition to the work. Anoop Jain was chosen the winner after getting the maximum votes by people from across the world.
Jain was among the four finalists for the award. Among the other finalists was another young Indian Swapnil Chaturvedi who founded Samagra Sanitation which is focussed on providing awesome sanitation services to the urban poor in India.
About Humanure Power
The organization named humanure Power worked to deal with the problem of open defecation. HP builds community toilets to counter India’s sanitation crisis. 650 million Indians defecate outside daily because they have no toilet.
HP began this massive issue in the Supaul district of Bihar. Bihar is regarded as one of the poorest states in India and Supaul is one of its poorest districts. HP worked with communities of Supaul region to improve access to sanitation infrastructure.
Humanure Power has already seen over 17000 users, while hygienically disposing of eight tonnes of human excreta.
Humanure Power fights alongside communities to end outdoor defecation as a key step in an ongoing struggle for health equity and social and economic justice.
Such effort would help prevent disease and improve productivity as toilets prevent water-borne diseases caused by fecal contamination, which affects broader health, social, and economic change desperately needed in India.
How it works
They maintain their facilities by harnessing the methane gas produced by human waste to generate electricity and charge portable batteries.
Community members rent these batteries to power small household electronics. By building sustainable sanitation infrastructure in India, HP cultivates healthier communities and new markets for the 21st century.
HP Fights alongside Communities
Humanure Power resists a top down development approach and empowers communities to become the protagonists in the fight for justice. This requires a commitment to participatory development. HP involves community members in each step of the process, from design of the toilet facilities, to the collection of data, ensuring a bottom up development process.