Prayas.... an Effort to Enlighten the Street Children


Akhil Bhartiy antyoday utthan seva sangh (ABAUSS) is serving the country by serving the people.

People in need are given a helping hand to rise and awake for the better tomorrow. From small beginnings of 1999 the Akhil Bhartiy antyoday utthan seva sangh has begun a number of assistance projects in the Ahmedabad city of Gujarat and has provided services to slum area and Environment in Gujarat.


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Place of Birth :     Saraspur Mills chwal, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA
Education       :     1992: Graduation
1993: Master's degree in Economics
2007-08: MBA, (NIM) Gujarat
Mr. Girish kumar is a great humanist and social reformer of contemporary Gujarat. To the weaker sections of society especially, his is the compassionate face of a paternal redeemer. He has the vision of a philosopher and the undying zeal of a missionary. Inspired by one of the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi to abolish scavenging and based on the bedrock of technology, Mr. Girish kumar, founded ABAUSS in 1999 in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and launched a social reform-cum-environmental upgradation movement, taking up the challenge of the problem of sanitation related pollution, which led to environmental degradation and health hazards, caused by the practice of open defecation and use of bucket toilets for centuries in India.

In search of a solution, after much research, Mr. Girish kumar developed the eco-friendly, twin-pit, compost, pour-flush toilet technology for individual households, known as Shauchalayas as an alternative to the cost prohibitive sewerage or septic tank based systems of excreta disposal. As compared to these, the ABAUSS technology is appropriate, affordable, indigenous and culturally acceptable. It has on-site human waste disposal facility; dispenses with installation of a vent pipe and requires hardly 2 litres of water for flushing, helping improve the environment and leading to economy in water use, thus, conservating water. More than a million bucket toilets have been constructed/converted into ABAUSS Shauchalayas, liberating nearly 1,20,000 scavengers (those who clean dry toilets and carry human excreta as headload for its further disposal) from the sub-human occupation and rehabilitating them in different vocations with their human rights and dignity restored. Their wards were imparted quality education and vocational training to bring them into the mainstream of society.

Over 50 public toilet-cum-bath complexes are maintained on pay-and-use basis in India by ABAUSS which has proved a boon for people without toilets in their homes, such as in slums and at bus stops, railway stations, market places, etc. A technology for complete recycling and reuse of human excreta from public toilets was also developed. Biogas is produced by anaerobic digestion of human excreta in a biogas digester, and is used for cooking, lighting, electricity generation, etc. Five public toilets.

Biogas plant effluent is treated by a simple method to make it colourless, odourless and pathogen-free, making it quite safe for irrigation or discharge into rivers or any water body. The biogas plants can be installed at and serve housing colonies and high-rise buildings and areas not served by sewers. These facilities are used by 10.5 million people daily in India and have made a marked difference in the environment, both in urban and rural areas. This recycling of human waste on-site has prevented green-house effect caused by open defecation, which is widely prevalent in India as nearly 70% of Indians resort to defecation in the open.


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