A 26 Year Old Set To Challenge & Break Taboos Around Sanitation in India


Training of Trainers (TOT) for Washroom Cleaning and Basic Maintenance

Vishal comes from a Brahmin family in Northern India. He is a marketing professional, and during his post-MBA, he worked as a Business Development Manager with the Tata Motor Finance. After being inspired by the PM Modi government’s Swachh Bharat initiative, he decided to contribute to the campaign and started working with Parmarth Niketan as a volunteer. Parmarth Niketan is a nonprofit organization based out of Rishikesh, India, and working in rural areas on sanitation issues.

Global Interfaith Wash Alliance, a sister concern of Parmarth Niketan has collaborated with the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to run the World Toilet College (WTC). WTC is a training arm of WTO and its goal is to ensure the dignity of the sanitation workers, provide toilet caretakers with professional skills, and conduct customized training for NGO professionals, corporates and stakeholders in the sanitation industry.

Vishal attended our 5-day long Training of Trainers (TOT) for Washroom Cleaning and Basic Maintenance under the World Toilet College project at the GIWA premises in Rishikesh, India from 21st to 25th June 2016. Since then, he is actively engaged in open defecation free projects of Parmarth Niketan/GIWA and is working as a trainer for the World Toilet College training programs. So far he has imparted training on the following:

  •     ⦁  Women for WASH in several villages & slums
  •     ⦁  Wash on Wheels in several villages & slums
  •     ⦁  Trained the staff of Organic India about Water sanitation and Hygiene
  •     ⦁  Sanitation ambassador program in Alhawalpur village, Haridwar  


After raising awareness, Vishal demonstrated sanitation practices


According to traditions, any work regarding sanitation is reserved for the lowliest in society, known as “untouchables” (now Dalits). But this is a unique example, where a young Brahmin boy fights open defecation in villages and slums in Northern India through training and awareness campaigns. Vishal is truly a face of new India.


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