“Many faith traditions stress that the whole world is one family. Today, our brothers and sisters across the globe are suffering and perishing due to hunger, thirst and preventable illnesses, due in large part to the lack of clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Through GIWA, the faiths of the world are uniting as a global family, with a new definition of “peace,” which includes helping to enable access to safe and sufficient water, sanitation, hygiene for all.  It is our moral and spiritual imperative to end poverty and to relieve the needless suffering of all through the great force of the coming together of all religions for this mighty cause.”
– H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Co-Founder/Co-Chair of GIWA #faith2endpoverty


of all diseases and 25% of all deaths in nations such as India are due to polluted water.
of the people in the world who don’t have toilets live in India.
Reduction in incidence of diarrhoea among children under five is what you can get by the simple and easy act of washing hands with soap

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Training Professional Outreach Workers for Sanitation at the World Toilet College

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Faith in Action: Senior Faith Leaders, Private Sector Executives and Major Media Representatives Meet in Delhi for GIWA

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The Honorable Prime Minsiter of India Tweets About GIWA Five Times in One Day!

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Ladakhi WASH Summit Concludes with a Historic Pledge and Water Blessing

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Worship for WASH Summit: Global Interfaith Leaders Gather in Beautiful Ladakh for Day 2

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An Inspirational “Worship for WASH” Summit Brings Together Faith Leaders in Ladakh: Day 1

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) India, in association with UNICEF India, held a two-day […]

Taking Steps Towards a Clean Kanwad Mela: Provision of Dustbins to Ensure Swachh aur Sundar (Clean and Beautiful) Pilgrimage for All.

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) came together during the recent Kunwad Mela to make […]

GIWA’s Swachhta Kranti Campaign Makes Waves at the Kanwar Yatra

GIWA’s growing Swachhta Kranti (Clean Revolution) took to the streets and jungles of the Kanwar […]

World Toilet College Training of Trainers Class

Recently a World Toilet College Training of Trainers Class on “Washroom Cleaning and Basic Maintenance” […]

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What We Do

Every day, some 1,100 children in India die due to the lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Millions more will become seriously ill every year. For these reasons, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance is working to bring proper WASH facilities to schools, women’s centres and villages.

Wash in the Field

GIWA works with leaders and policy makers from across India and around the world to advocate for improved access to safe, healthy and sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all.


GIWA brings together the leaders and congregations of all faiths in order to combine forces to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to safe and healthy Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

WASH for Peace

GIWA reaches out far and wide in order to help ensure everyone, everywhere has access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Our work includes special events and meetings with key world leaders, with the aim towards a lasting change.

GIWA Across The Globe

UNICEF_02_Badge_by_XSVOn 25 September, 2013, religious heads from around the world, joined by the Executive Director of UNICEF and representatives of many organizations, officially launched the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance. The launch was held at UNICEF World Headquarters during the United Nations General Assembly Meetings. The Government of the Netherlands and USAID served as co-sponsors of this historic event.In attendance were dignitaries including Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Government of the Netherlands; Christian Holmes, the Global Water Coordinator for USAID, and many other representatives from State Governments, international agencies, faith organizations and the United Nations.The launch also included a sacred water ceremony in which the leaders offered water, gathered from 20 rivers across the world, to a beautiful crystal globe. The ceremony was symbolic of the union of the leaders of the world’s religions in their commitments to help ensure safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all.
View our photo-filled Year in Review, and see the exciting first year of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance: from our launch at UNICEF World Headquarters to meetings with Royalty, Prime Ministers and Presidents to our work in disaster zones, special events, and much more. Download our annual report here 

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