Innovation for Social Impact – WIN Newsletter                                                                               
Sep, 2020 Vol.1 No.3 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to this 3rd issue of the WIN Newsletter.
The Covid19 situation remains complex, with increasing number of cases. At the same time, India is also opening up, with caution and restrictions, driven by the economic necessities for people, for industries and for government.     
The determined project teams of our partners has been overcoming serious hurdles to work in many ways. The project teams utilized the lockdown period on planning, analysis and online interaction with communities and other stakeholders. It was also heartening to see many of these poor communities learn and adopt video conferencing and online learning. Our Institution partners have restarted lab / prototyping work related to our projects, recently, based on opening their campuses and labs.
Based on our learnings over last 2 years, in both of our domains, we are working on a multi-partner / multi-stakeholder approach, for evolving sustainable models.
In WATSAN, water conservation work by our partners is growing, due to increased support by government and greater demand from rural communities. Based on higher awareness of the benefits,  many rural communities have initiated their own projects, with guidance by our partners. Water conservation in a new hydrogeological zone, Coastal Saurashtra, got off to a good start, proving extension of learnings from the PGWM project in Kutch, an arid region. This is further complemented by innovations from several startups, which are being trialed in project areas.
In Nutrition, our new initiatives through multiple partners, is aimed at (i) mobilizing community, (ii) building internal expertise and capacity through training and (iii) microentrepreneurship for nutrition products. We have multiple partners bringing their expertise for each of the above, to evolve  a sustainable model.
In this issue, we also cover the WIN WATSAN Webinar Series 2020, together with leading Institutions and social organizations: (IIT Kharagpur, Arid Communities and Technologies, CEPT University, IIT Gandhinagar and IIT Bombay) and the NBEC 2020 launch, where WIN Foundation is a partner.
In the coming months, WIN Foundation will remain focused on our initiatives through multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborative outreach, for sustainable impact among communities, and overcome hurdles posed by the pandemic. We welcome ideas and suggestions for more collaborative work from existing and new partners, researchers, startups, and other stakeholders.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, and look forward to your feedback (email to info@winfoundations.org)  for this issue. We also invite contributory articles, case studies etc. for future issues.                                                                  

With Warm Regards                                                                   

Paresh Vora
Director – India Operations

The pandemic situation continues, with prolonged recovery phase coupled with continuing large number of cases. Our project partners have restarted project work in most cases, with suitable restrictions, particularly on travel.

In Maternal and Child Health, we have two significant new projects in nutrition:

1.Spoken Health Tutorial at IIT Bombay: 

Accessible and engaging health education is a cornerstone of health behaviour change, especially in low and middle income countries, and can contribute to improved health outcomes. This is particularly true for education and training for maternal and child health.

The Spoken Tutorial Project Group at IIT Bombay creates, Health Spoken tutorial videos for training of master trainers, use by master trainers to train / counsel mothers, and self-learning.  The tutorials, typically, 10-12 minutes long, cover range of topics on nutrition, including exclusive breastfeeding tutorials, recipes for complementary feeding, pre-pregnancy, adolescence, nutrition during pregnancy, nutrition during lactation, junk foods & health,  science of nutrition and safety & food hygiene. The tutorials are available in several Indian languages. (

WIN Foundation has recently supported the Spoken Tutorial Project groups for development of these health tutorials.

2. Mother and Child Nutrition through capacity building and awareness coupled with Microentrepreneurship for Nutrition products: Our partners MHT, SMDT and REAL have started this new project in nutrition through building community expertise and capacity in nutrition and hygiene, together with microentrepreneurship. We look forward to an exciting journey, again to use multi-stakeholder approach for ground-up sustainability and scalability.

In WATSAN, our project partner, Arid Communities and Technologies, after successful completion of two years of project and based on previous experiences and created opportunities, now continues the project “Participatory Groundwater Management in Cluster of Coastal Villages, Mandvi’  for third year for further progress. They have also established similar project in Dwarka District, lying in another hydrogeological zone in Gujarat, using processes and protocols developed in Kutch, with suitable modifications for new region.

Our Innovative Product Market validation support scheme has started showing results in bringing innovative products and technology from promising startups to rural/tribal or other poor communities through NGOs in close touch with them. This aims to enable such communities to improve their quality of life through understanding of such technologies and products.
Under the same scheme, Samerth Charitable Trust our new community partner became an additional implementing partner for the trial of  low cost and field usable Water and Soil Testing Kits  by FFEM, Bangalore, in their project areas

As part of our outreach and collaborations, we launched WIN WATSAN Webinar Series 2020, jointly with  with nationally renowned institutions:: CEPT University - Centre for Water and Sanitation (CWAS), IIT Bombay - Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Kharagpur - School of Environmental Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar - Centre for Sustainable Development, and Arid Communities and Technologies, Kutch, Gujarat, spread over 2 months with 6 sessions. 

We are happy to again partner with Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) for NBEC 2020 event as a category partner for the domains of (1) Water and Sanitation and (2) Maternal and child health. WIN Foundation was the category partner for NBEC -2019 as well.

More information on projects and startups, as well as outreach activities are available on our website at https://winfoundations.org/

In this issue, we cover one of the projects under our Project Spotlight, while  innovative startups are highlighted under the Start-up support program. We will cover more projects and startups in our future issues.

VIKSAT, Nehru Foundation for Development, Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
(Association organization: Niswarth Children Foundation)


Project Objectives : 

Initiating a process leading to behaviour change in society and transformation of village, in 6 villages in Bavla area, through projects with following broad objectives:

  • Prepare model village development plans for the selected 6 villages
  • Zero waste management plan for two project villages
  • Create pilot of select technologies like RWH and improving existing school infrastructure facilities in the government primary schools of the project villages, as entry point activities
  • Provide inputs for improving the quality of the school education through tools, techniques and strategies to empower educational functionaries for effective quality education
  • Creating multiple levels of engagement amongst community champions in schools and villages for improving Water and Sanitation infrastructure of the villages

Activities and outcomes : 

Participatory Community Needs Assessment : The Community need assessment was carried out to assess the need and priorities for implementation of programme activities and to prepare comprehensive action plan with focus on short-term, mid-term and long-term interventions in six project villages. These  village need assessment and development plans can be used for future development in 6 project villages.

Preparation of School Development Plan :  
School development plans were developed on basis of suggestions of the Schools  taking into  account present infrastructure, school needs  and the innovative ideas and technology. School Development Plans covered components including – Solid Waste Management, compost pit, play area, landscaping, drinking water facility, sanitation blocks, Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting (RRWH) and ground water storage etc. – including new facilities, retrofitting of existing structure, etc. Most of these were implemented and others can be taken up in future.

Roof Rain Water Harvesting structure and Ground Water Recharge in Schools : Roof Rain Water Harvesting (RRWH) structures, in 5 schools, and ground water recharge systems, in 2 schools, were constructed in the project villages.  RRWHS process and operational and maintenance document was developed in local language and circulated to schools’ where RRWHS were constructed. In the process document, need of water harvesting, design of RRWHS, Implementation, operation and maintenance were covered. These model RRWH and ground water recharge systems are also aimed to motivate the village communities to adopt water harvesting and ground water recharge on larger scale. 

Improving the School Environment / Infrastructures : The improvement of physical facilities like toilets, water filter and MDM shed were renovated and repaired. The new physical facilities like Amphitheatre, drinking water stand post, hand wash corner, paving, Planter, seats, compost pit, stage, RRWHS and bore well recharge were constructed in the primary schools of the project villages.  

Zero Solid Waste Management : 
The pilot of zero solid waste management was implemented in Kanotar village. 

Capacity building of Students, Teachers  and Village community on WATSAN : 

To help inculcate behaviour change, improving efficiency of water use, better awareness and habits of sanitation and hygiene, among students and teachers, activities like wall paintings on good habits and sanitation, Rallies on WaSH, School competitions like Debate, Drawings and Essay writing on water and sanitation issues, video shows on importance of water and sanitation and Education Kit and TLM on WaSH were organized. Awareness programs for Village communities on water conservation, sanitation and hygiene needs were also carried out.

To know more CLICK HERE for the detailed project report

Interview with Mr. Dilip Surkar
Director, VIKSAT
1.      How did this project fit into vision of VIKSAT? 
Since 1977, VIKSAT has been working with communities towards developing models of sustainable natural resource management, imparting skills related to institution building, resource generation, management and networking.
VIKSAT has also focused on rainwater harvesting to address water scarcity, and is now well established as a resource agency for rainwater harvesting. With a strategy of demonstration models, working models have been installed on individual houses, large campuses, housing quarters, industry and in peri-urban villages. VIKSAT closely worked with Primary School on WaSH issues, improvisation of infrastructures, involving the students, teachers and community together for successful implementation of programmes. Anandshala Se Jeevanshala project gave opportunity to create model for community development focusing on WASH issues in the project villages and schools.
 2.      What have been the most satisfying outcome of the project for your team?
The village action plan was prepared with all priorities activities and need for all villages through community need assessment study. The capacity building of students and teachers on WATSAN and Healthy hygiene habits are inculcated in all school students and they will act as catalyst agent to motivate their parents to adopt good habits at household level. The improved  school environment and better infrastructure and sanitation facilities for students of 6 primary schools, including RRWHS,  showcases the development model  in School, and will trigger similar actions  at village level too.

3.      How do you see future extensions to this project?
The project outcomes were (i) Village development action plan and school development plan, (ii) school improvements including RRWHS, improved sanitation in schools, and (iii) SWM demonstration in 2 villages. Future extensions can include (i) the implementation of   priority activities as per village action plan in project villages, and (ii) evolving a service charge model of solid waste management and convergence of Swachh Bharat Mission and Adarsh village scheme.

4.      Your experience of working with WIN Foundation
It has been a great learning experience for VIKSAT to work in partnership with WIN Foundation and Niswarth Children Foundation. Through this project, VIKSAT was able to identify the needs of schools and villages and contribute towards the school centred model on Water and Sanitation.  WIN Foundation gave the flexibility in implementation and changes of programme activities during the project. The partnership with WIN Foundation gave us the wider opportunity to reach out to technical and research institutions like IIT. In future, VIKSAT looks forward for further collaboration with WIN Foundation, partnership with IITs through WIN, and demonstration of new WASH innovations  in VIKSAT project areas made by start-ups supported by WIN Foundation.    

Stakeholder / Beneficiary Voice: 

   Ms. Parul Ramani
   Jeevanshala, Kesardi Primary School, Kesardi

“We are very grateful to WIN Foundation and VIKSAT for support in infrastructure development and renovation works like RRWHS, Bore well recharge, Hand wash corner, Seats, Amphitheater, wall painting on good habits, WaSH education corner, tree plantation, etc. in school. The organization has achieved excellent work to reach out the message of water saving and good habits at household level through students to villagers.
VIKSAT has developed and showed a model of building a better society through students who act as a catalyst to motivate their parents. The organization has organized awareness programme, school competition and provided the platform to share and present their skills for students which helps personal hygiene and cleanliness habits developed among them. A trophy was given to the winners and consolation prizes to all participated students.
We are thankful to WIN Foundation and VIKSAT for their support to improve the school infrastructure facilities and contribution to create values and personal habits among the students. The organization has provided and developed a very good example for the society."
WIN Innovative Product Market Validation Support Program :

This program supports Social Impact Startups to reach target user communities through WIN’s NGO partners and associates. Such potential user communities may be remote, not easy to approach and cannot easily pay for new products.  Thus the scheme helps startups in the critical stage for initial product prototype ->trial -> refinement stage and market validation in the market. WIN Foundation, along with linking partners, provides support for the products, installation and training cost.  
Thus, the scheme addresses the twin objectives of (i) enabling the communities to try innovative products to better their quality of life, and (ii) enable the startups to get critical inputs on product and market. 

We continue to receive good response, in spite of pandemic hurdles. Following are some recent innovations supported by us and  with more discussions in the pipeline: 

1. Smart Retrofit Toilet Kit To Transform Existing Toilet Into Disabled Friendly Toilet, by Oston Technology, Jaipur
Supporting Community Partner : Mahila Housing Sewa Trust (MHT) 
Trial location : Jaipur, Amalner & Ranchi.
Product : specially designed wall mounted foldable commode, with adjustable height, that could be attached to any toilet to be accessible for disabled and osteoarthritis patients, thus increasing toilet usage with better hygiene among disabled within the poor communities.

2. Soil and Weather Monitoring Stations by Proximal Soilsens Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai
Supporting Community Partner : Arid Communities and Technologies
Trial location: Kutch Dist

Product: Soilsens has designed Soil moisture and Weather sensing stations, at a considerably reduced cost, with capability to transmit data to cloud through a gsm modem. They can provide raw data plus advisory, in a dynamic manner, and enable farmers to provide inputs in an optimum and timely manner and maximize output. Such data over time collected from many locations, will also enable machine learning based advisories and enable farmers to practice smart agriculture

We welcome more startups to contact us on `info@winfoundations.org' for this scheme.

Organized by WIN Foundation, jointly with nationally renowned institutional partners                 

For sustainable and scalable solutions to India’s huge and diverse challenges in Water and Sanitation, multiple innovators to prototype, trial, refine and perfect multiple innovations in technology, products, services and delivery/business models, are required.

The webinar series brings leading innovator-practitioners, from premier institutions, leading social organizations and startups, to present their actual innovation and also provides an opportunity to bring together the Water and Sanitation community, and interact with various leaders and experts in the domain, across the country. 

WIN Foundation is coordinating and organizing this Webinar series on behalf of all partners, including outreach, seminar organization, post-seminar archiving etc.

Highlights of 1st 3 sessions:

3rd Sep 20 (Session-1): Moving towards sustainable sanitation and efficient water use practices 
Speaker: Dr. M. M. Ghangrekar, Professor and Head, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Ghangrekar presented on the extensive technology development and piloting work done at IIT Kharagpur, including the project with WIN Foundation support, which takes 1st stage STP output to potable level, through modular multi-stage process, in a cost effective manner, with aim to enable water recycling for diverse input and output quality requirements and varying plant capacities.

The discussions during Q&A session also brought out (i) need for recycling at remote locations without sewerage connection, (ii) selection of suitable recycling stages based on needs, land available, cost parameters (iii) Need for training /skilling to enable efficient running of plants over long term,  and (iv) need to understand the true price of water, to make users consider water recycling more seriously.

10th Sep 20 (Session-2): Water Security: Empowering communities to apply geo-hydrology science, technology and innovation
Main Speaker: Dr. Yogesh Jadeja, Founder and Director, Arid Communities and Technologies, Bhuj-Kachchh 
Dr. Yogesh Jadeja lucidly described the journey of Participatory Ground Water Management in Kutch, one of most arid and saline regions in the country. Dr. Jadeja brought forth the major success factors: 
1. Capacity building, consisting of: (i) training of local men and women as “Bhujal Jankar”with conceptual and practice-based training on Hydrogeology, Water Security planning, socio-economic profiling, program coordination. (ii) Farmer and Women’s groups, for institution building, to adopt innovative practices, thus bringing Science to Society and Society to Science.
2. Water security planning through Bhujal Jankars, with multiple Demand and Supply side interventions implemented through community, like water recharge structures, farming practices, using new technology products like field level water and soil testing, etc.
3. Knowledge management involving (i) through regular and widespread data collection and analysis, (ii) developing processes and protocols for use elsewhere.
Dr. Jadeja detailed the successful outcomes particularly: (1) Substantial improvement in quality and quantity of ground water (2) Local capacity building and awareness among surrounding villages leading to other villages and talukas in Kutch also taking up such interventions with ACT acting as knowledge partner (3) Support to other NGO’s in Gujarat and across 8 other states by ACT to implement this process in their areas (4) Using protocols and processes in Dwarka district, lying another hydrogeological region: Coastal Saurashtra belt.

The Q&A sessions saw questions being asked about Bhujal Jankar selection, training, formalization and certification like NSQF, meeting complete ecosystem needs vs. just human needs, experience in other states like UP, impact of recent good rains due to work done in last few years, water recharge systems and treatment for detergents.

17th Sep 20 (Session-3): Efficient and equitable service delivery for urban water supply and sanitation
Speakers: Dr. Dinesh Mehta and Dr. Meera Mehta, Professor Emeritus and Executive Director (joint), Centre for Water and Sanitation (CWAS), CEPT University  alongwith an international panel of  renowned experts,

Dr. Meera Mehta and Ms. Jaladhi Valavia presented the pioneering development of Performance Assessment System for Water and Sanitation system, by CWAS together with TCS. It has been implemented in over 850 urban bodies across 5 states. Over its 10 years of implementation, the system has provided continuous insights to the urban bodies and other stakeholders to improve the water and sanitation infrastructure and operations.
The international panel, with representatives from Portugal, Sweden, South Africa and India, described the urban WASH issues, evolution of performance assessment system and its future path. 
The Q&A session saw discussions on (i) need for community involvement from start for WASH initiatives, (ii) success stories e.g. 24x7 water supply pilots in Orissa, (iii) approaches for coastal / saline urban areas.

The Webinar series has shown a very healthy participation by audience so far.

The video of all sessions conducted are available at (click here)  WIN Webinar Series – Session Videos
For participating in the upcoming Webinar Sessions (click here) 
For more information on the Webinar Series (click here)  FIND OUT MORE 

National Bio Entrepreneurship Competition (NBEC) – 2020

NBEC– 2020 organised by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) on behalf of Department of Bio-Technology, Government of India and supported by several national and international partners from industry and social sector. 

WIN Foundation is again a category partner for NBEC 2020 for the domains of (1) Water and Sanitation and (2) Maternal and child health. WIN Foundation was the category partner for NBEC -2019 as well. for these two domains.
The Annual NBEC program has emerged as the flagship platform for bio-entrepreneurs and innovators in India to showcase their deep science driven ideas aimed at solving country’s challenges through scalable and sustainable business approaches to achieve societal and economic impact. 
NBEC 2019 received nearly 3000 applications from across the country, 67 qualifiers to the national finals, a Boot Camp on11-13 December in Bengaluru. The rigorous jury evaluations on 13th and 14th saw tough competition among promising startups leading to selection of final winners. As category partner for (i) Water and Sanitation and (ii) Maternal and Child Health, WIN Foundation participated in the preliminary evaluation and then the final jury rounds, and sponsored the category awards. 
The NBEC 2019 winners of WIN Foundation awards were: 
1) Water and Sanitation: 
Alcheme - Robotic solution for homogenisation of contents, intervention, and cleaning in septic tanks  by an IIT Madras based innovators (Prof. Prabhu Rajagopal Professor, IIT Madras  and Mr. Divanshu Kumar)
2)  Maternal and Child Health:
Blackfrog Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Founder : Mr. Mayur Shetty CEO Portable Refrigerator for vaccine transportation Incidentally, this product is currently being used for safe transport of covid19 test samples.

To know more please CLICK HERE
To read NBEC 2019  Annual Report CLICK HERE

NBEC 2020 was launched virtually on 7th September 2020 and addressed by chief guest Dr. Renu Swarup,  Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India & Chairperson BIRAC. The last date to apply - 7th October 2020.
To know more please visit https://nationalbioentrepreneurship.in/


 Edited by: Shanti Menon, Paresh Vora
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