In Hindi, saheli, means “female friend,” and only girls can have sahelis. This post is about two sahelis, Farzana and Suman, who, despite spending years on either side of the same wall, have had very different experiences of motherhood. Farzana...Read More..
While I was hanging out with our team in Haryana, I realized that the day-to-day life of our survey resembles the MTV series The Real World an awful lot. Since a lot of people have been asking how this is...Read More..
Check out our response to The Hindu's editorial on India's sanitation problem. We were glad to see an editorial highlighting the real and enormous consequences of exceptionally widespread open defecation in India. We could not agree more that India urgently...Read More..
Yesterday was my last day with the team in Rewari, Haryana. Sangita, Nikhil, Nidhi and I had finished up collecting qualitative data to try to understand latrine adoption in the last 10 years. Thanks to our friendly respondents, many of...Read More..
Apparently in the U.S. today is “Giving Tuesday” – last Thursday was Thanksgiving, Friday was Black Friday for shopping at stores, Monday has recently been claimed as Cyber Monday for shopping online, and bringing up the rear is Giving Tuesday,...Read More..
For the second morning running, I am pleased to report, Aashish’s and my team here in Darbhanga, Bihar has beat Sangita, Nikhil, and Diane’s team in Rewari, Haryana in getting out the door and surveying in the morning. To be...Read More..
I haven’t been able to write much because we have been training surveyors and traveling. But in the evenings at our training center along the Sitapur-Lucknow highway, I’ve just finished reading Joshua Greene’s new book Moral Tribes. He outlines the...Read More..
Hello friends! Sorry for the long break from blogging. We’ve had a whirlwind past 10 days of training for the sanitation survey! We’ve been staying at the Sabhagi Shikshan Kendra’s (SSK) training center on the Sitapur-Lucknow road. In addition to...Read More..
Today, November 19th, is World Toilet Day! As the organizers of this special holiday proclaim, we can't wait to improve sanitation. We are honored that rice research is popping up in various places today as organizations explain just why World...Read More..
The rice team is busy preparing for the coming months of field research: surveyor training starts this weekend, and Aashish, Diane, and Sangita are talking through last weekend’s pilot qualitative interviews as I write. Yesterday, I presented work in progress...Read More..
Check out the new photos of life in rural Sitapur posted on the photos tab! Many thanks to Aashish, who among many others things, takes wonderful pictures for rice! He rode around the villages near our house early one morning...Read More..
The rice team spent the past two weeks in Sitapur where we were piloting a questionnaire that we will be using for a survey of sanitation behavior. During one of our visits to a nearby village, we tried out our...Read More..
Recently, Dean and Diane were interviewed about stunting in India for the United Nations Development Program's Zero Hunger Challenge. Dean talked about how sanitation leads to stunting and Diane talked about how women's status impacts children's health in India. Check...Read More..
Could an improving disease environment – which allows people to retain, absorb, and use more of the calories they consume – reduce calorie needs, and explain some of the puzzle of the decline in average calorie consumption in India over...Read More..
Last week I went to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to present our research on sanitation and child height at the UNC Water and Health conference. While traveling, I replaced my old suitcase from Banswara, Rajasthan with a new one, in...Read More..