It’s Possible to End Poverty: Serving Mayakund Slum Children

It’s possible to End Poverty when we celebrate and commit ourselves to putting an end to poverty every day. Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA)’s Secretary-General Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji graced and inspired hundreds of children at the Mayakund slum yesterday during a beautiful and free health and hygiene camp, where children were given health examination, distributed Vitamin A and albendazole. She emphasized that vaccinations and sanitation must go hand in hand.

“Health does not only come from these pills or drops. Health comes from how you live, every day.” “For a Swastha Bharat we need a Swachh Bharat,” she emphasized, meaning that for a healthy India we must have a clean India! She spoke to them about the importance of improved WASH, having clean water, washing hands and using toilets as fundamental to health and well being. She encouraged GIWA and DSF volunteers to continue once a month camps to follow-up on the pledge taken and help ensure that basic WASH facilities were available to the children living in the slum.

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji gifted Municipal Chairman Deep Sharma for his great commitement and dedication to making Rishikesh completely ODF and helping ensure a clean and free-flowing River Ganga. GIWA’s WASH on Wheels truck and volunteers were also available at the camp for the entire duration of the camp to raise awareness and encourage children through playing Public Service Announcements and speaking to the children on the crucial importance of improved WASH and ending the practice of open defecation.

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji also personally served the children, their parents and the community a beautiful free, hot and #vegetarian meal, sponsored by Divine Shakti Foundation, afterwards.

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