The Nexus Project focuses on local communities, mainly in peri-urban areas, who lack access to sanitation and food. Where our initiatives have led to, or have increased, the treatment of human waste, members of the local community benefit indirectly from improved sanitation conditions. Moreover, the communities profit directly from awareness-building and education activities on health, hygiene and nutrition. Since women and children are the ones suffering most frequently from under- and malnourishment, we focus our campaigns and actions within the community on these two groups.
In our pilot-scale projects, farmers already have access to sanitary sources of irrigation water and plant nutrients. While CDD Society advocates treatment of all human waste to achieve safe and sanitary reuse, application of raw wastewater and faecal sludge are a prevalent practice in India. Building reuse-oriented treatment facilities on a large scale is beyond our current scope and capacity, but farmers dealing with raw sewage can still benefit from our projects: We offer education on risk mitigation when handling untreated human waste to reduce health risks for both the farmers themselves as well as for the final consumers.
We conceptualise and execute workshops and trainings on reuse for a wide range of professional stakeholders. These include players from the sectors of sanitation, agriculture, public health, and governance. Apart from seminar-style knowledge dissemination, our workshops and trainings also function as platforms for exchange and innovation: Participants share their own experiences and ideas, form ties with individuals and sectors that they otherwise would not have had access to. Given the international make-up of participating groups, ideas on and concepts of Reuse can be spread beyond the borders of India.