Youth for SEWAH
The Youth Networking Forum of the Safe Water Enterprise Alliance
Educating Masses
Serving Communities

Youth for SEWAH

The Youth Community is the driver of development globally, and it is imminent to involve this demographic in any progressive initiative to become successful. The drinking water sector is no exception. The Safe Water Enterprise Alliance and Project SEWAH, a collaboration between Safe Water Network India and USAID aims to mobilize youth community to become ambassadors of WASH awareness and play an active role in achieving UN SDG 6

About
the program

The program aims to connect with the youth community to solve the critical water related challenges. Download our Brochure

About
the program

The program aims to partner with Universities and Student Groups to solve the critical water related challenges that have plagued the world.

The United Nations Sustainable Goal 6.0 seeks to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Nearly 2.2 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water.  The Safe Water Enterprise Alliance’s Youth Program is designed to educate and encourage the youth community to take interest in the drinking water sector and play a pivotal role in creating WASH awareness through physical and virtual activities.

Internships

The SWE Alliance offers internships students and opportunities to work in the field or in the offices of safe water implementers

Knowledge Exchange

The SWE Alliance conducts educational programs, workshops and webinars at several forums

Practical Experience

Youth can gain practical experience through working on our various  projects related to sustainability, women empowerment and provision of safe drinking water

SEWAH Internships

SEWAH,  a collaboration between Safe Water Network India and USAID provides internships opportunities to the students to work on WASH projects to:

  1. Better understand the prevailing drinking water related technologies and challenges and their social impact
  2. Provide practical experience that helps them grow professionally

Launched in 2020, the SEWAH internship program is actively working with several universities and graduate colleges. The duration of the internship programs is generally from 8-10 weeks. Currently, we are running internship programs for Institute of Public Policy and University of Petroleum and Energy Studies.

SEWAH partners have worked with institutions of high repute such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Gandhi Nagar, BITS Pilani, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, Manipal Institute of Technology, Nalanda University, Indian School of Public Policy, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies.

SEWAH partners have also collaborated with international universities such as Columbia University in the US, The University of Warwick and Queen’s University in UK , Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and University of Queensland in Australia.

For student internships and academic partnerships, please write to info@swealliance.org

SEWAH Training Program

Sustainable Enterprises for Water and Health – SEWAH training program focus on safe and affordable water access for the poor to promote public health and preserve the environment. The courses are most useful to those interested in practical experiences of clean water delivery at the community level and the development of water entrepreneurship. We hold three courses annually encompassing the decentralized, safe water enterprises and piped water supply by the municipality. The training course is helpful to students and professionals who want to build a career in water and to international students who want to get field experience and internships in emerging markets.

The course is designed from a decade of field experience of Safe Water Network, working with the local government at the rural and municipality levels. The topics include – principles of design and planning a community-led safe water solution; introduction of water purification technologies for community, municipality, and households; operation and maintenance of safe water solution/scheme; water security and climate resilience.

The course is designed from a decade of field experience of Safe Water Network, working with the local government at the rural and municipality levels. The topics include: –

  1. Principles of design and planning a community-led safe water solution
  2. Introduction of water purification technologies for community, municipality, and households
  3. Operation and maintenance of safe water solution/scheme
  4. Water security and climate resilience

The candidate gets the opportunity for  Online courses, Offline Courses, and working on Live projects. At the end of the course, the candidate has gained knowledge and competency on intervention strategies for safe water delivery. The duration of these training program is 8 weeks. We offer these courses 3 times in a year, i.e. the spring session from March 15 to May 15, the summer session from July 1 to August 30 and the autumn session from October 15 to December 15. Students can choose to apply in either of the three sessions.

To register for the aforesaid courses, please fill out the registration form below.

Course Registration Form

Running Projects

Name of the Project: Draft policy paper, to develop a strategy for inclusion of decentralized Small Water Enterprises (SWEs) in the Urban Drinking Water Plans.

Project description:

Clean and adequate water is essential for survival and has a direct bearing on positive health outcomes and food security of India. Most countries have committed to providing clean water and sanitation to every citizen in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Developmental Goal (SDG) – 6. Taking this goal ahead, the Union government started Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) – Har Ghar Nal Se Jal in 2018 to provide 55 LPCD safe drinking water to all households by 2024 through functional household tap connections (FHTCs). So far, about 29% of the 189 million rural households, have household tap connections (Jal Jeevan Mission, September 2020).

Small Water Enterprises (SWEs) are decentralized drinking water solutions that are locally-owned and managed by the communities, with the aim to expand safe, reliable and affordable water access to people living beyond treated piped water supply (PWS). SWEs have the capability to support and bolster the national drinking water programme by filling the gaps in connectivity of the PWS system. Some popular models of the SWEs are the Water ATMs in Urban spaces and community water treatments plants in the Rural segment.
The SWEs also have a role to play in generating rural and peri-urban livelihoods.

Project Objective:
To assess and propose a model for the adoption of SWEs within the framework of the national urban drinking water programme goals, as complementary to the piped water supply for delivery of safe drinking water to all, especially the underserved urban communities.

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Knowledge Exchange

The Youth for SEWAH offers a large repository of learning documents, training modules and knowledge toolkits to equip the young men and women with first hand information to understand and implement WASH best practices in the underprivileged communities. 

  • SEWAH Knowledge Center: The SEWAH Knowledge center is a huge collection of learning and development documents, technical papers, project reports and seminar briefings. These documents are openly available for all those who are interested in enhancing their WASH knowledge. This knowledge repository can be accessed by clicking here.
  • SEWAH Knowledge Center: The SEWAH Knowledge center is a huge collection of learning and development documents, technical papers, project reports and seminar briefings. These documents are openly available for all those who are interested in enhancing their WASH knowledge. This knowledge repository can be accessed by clicking here.
  • Piped Water Training Modules: The Piped water training modules are a set of practical guides for the young professionals to operate and sustain piped water supply in urban areas. These training modules can be accessed by clicking here.
  • iSWEET Toolkit:
  • This suite of iSWEET Toolkit consists of 10 modules, 30 tools, and 63 sub-tools. The Toolkit is the repository of lessons drawn from a decade of practice, with social-entrepreneurs. The local semi-literate youth and women operate and maintain these SWEs for 24×7 reliable and affordable, safe drinking water access. This toolkit can be accessed by clicking here.

Practical Experience

The Youth for SEWAH practical opportunities for youth to get involved and assume leadership in various social projects ranging from field assessments to community development programs.

Running Projects

Name of the Project: 

Non-revenue water reduction feld assessment

Project description:

Growth of slum population in small geographical space indicates the lack of basic infrastructure and social wellbeing which is recent focus of Government policies. This study aims to explain through the survey work carried out in two Slum Areas. Nagpur, Amravati and Chandrapur are urbanizing in terms of development of cites and small towns due to social and economic benefits. 

Keeping the above in view and the project SEWAH objectives, the SWE are focusing on mainly on the basis of survey work.

  • Consumers not paying regularly for the water bills.
  • Growing Non-Revenue Water
  • Lack of metered Connections

The project has roped in youth project coordinators and volunteers who are working in the slums to create community awareness about NRW.

Youth Leadership Board

Shveta Mahajan

Safe Water Network

Lakshmi Surshe

Rite Water

Deepak Tokas

Safe Water Network

Anuradha Agarwal

JanaJal

Madhu Krishnamoorthy

WaterHealth

Aarti

WaterLife

Dr. TNVV Rao

Special Advisor

Arvind Deshmukh

Program Coordinator

Resources

All of these resources can be used and shared openly, providing credit is given to Safe Water Enterprise Alliance and its partners who developed several of the materials.

Key Resources for school children 

  • Presentation to introduce water and water cycle to school children
  • Repository of info-graphics, data-points and knowledge materials about water and water management  

Key Resources for University Students 

  • Presentation to introduce water sustainability and water safety to University Students
  • Repository of info-graphics, data-points and knowledge materials about safe drinking water  

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