“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”

– M.K.Gandhi

            Wash has an ambiguous meaning in the fields of NGOs, public health and social services. Literally it stands for cleaning and as an acronym it stands for “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.” NGOs throughout the world have been working to initiate the water, sanitation and hygiene projects because it is now believed that a good sanitation system can fight against chronic diseases, malnutrition, low immunity and many other health related issues. It is now proven that healthy children can acquire the education process better than the children with low immunity. The sanitation issue is a major concern throughout the world nowadays. It is directly or indirectly connected with the poverty and rate of literacy of any specific country. Poor sanitation system is a major cause for the death of children in the poor countries and the developing countries mostly in the regions of Africa and Asia. Lack of proper sanitation causes the death of 7000,000 children every year worldwide. NGOs in wash in India are working to ensure clean drinking water in every household, maintain proper sanitation system and create awareness of hygiene related issues.

 

          Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India), an education NGO, is also a leading NGO in WASH. Khushii thinks that sanitation and hygiene are directly connected with the education system because a healthy body creates a healthy mind. When children suffer from the chronic diseases, they often become unable to maintain the regular pace of studies in a government school. So Khushii gives priority in health and sanitation concerns while conducting the education charities and children’s charities throughout India. Ensuring safe drinking water and creating awareness about the water borne diseases go side by side with Khushii’s educational and employability schemes for the poor students of rural and slum areas. Special awareness training is conducted on regular basis for spreading community and health awareness. Children are vaccinated for fighting against the fatal diseases because we believe that prevention is better than cure. Girls are encouraged to use sanitary pads during the menstrual circles and special health camps are organised for them to create awareness of menstrual cycle. Children are counselled for meeting the challenge of adolescence.   

 

References

WASH. (2018, April 03). Retrieved April 05, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WASH

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