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Pasand is a social enterprise that educates adolescents on personal health and wellness.

Pasand is a social enterprise that educates adolescents on personal health and wellness.

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Aunna commented on Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI)

So excited to hear about this partnership with DWS and the incredible evolution of SHRI since first hearing about you in 2012! I know that your team has had to overcome some pretty deep rooted attitudes and behaviors related to sanitation, common uphill battles in public health. Can you tell us a bit more about the unique ways that you have worked with the community to shift behavior and encourage uptake of the toilets?

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Aunna commented on Pasand

Thank you so much Ashley Coates - with the largest population of adolescents in the world (in India) it's definitely time for us to understand the incredible power for change that our young people have!

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Aunna commented on Pasand

Stephane Leblois Absolutely! Right now we operate on a sliding scale where private schools (CBSE/ICSE/IB syllabus) have set per student rates that we have developed after in-depth market research with parents and schools regarding willingness/ability to pay. These programs along with our trainings, as they continue to grow in scale, will eventually subsidize the other portion of our work that is in government schools, marginalized communities, and rural areas where we operate on a "pay what you can" model. Working on partnerships with CSR/corporations is something we would absolutely love to do and are currently looking for private sector partners that are interested in something a little off the beaten path. The Indian CSR law dictates the organization must be 3+ years old to be eligible (and we are not) so it puts that as a bit of a barrier in the short term but definitely something we are aiming for once we pass that 3 year mark!