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WASH and Poverty:
The importance of WASH cannot be underestimated in a world in which the second-most cause of the deaths of young children is due to its lack. 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to toilets and 783 million people don’t have access to improved water, leading to wide-spread disease, conflicts and suffering. Poverty levels rise accordingly. According to World Bank data, the equivalent of 6.4% of India’s GDP is lost every year due to morbidity, mortality and employment-related WASH issues. Increasing the problem are the educational barriers posed by inadequate WASH, which lead to future poverty cycles. In India, some 24% of girls drop out of school, many due to the lack of enclosed toilet facilities. WASH-related childhood illnesses similarly impede future wage-earning potential. In addition, due to lack of access, women spend 200 million hours every day fetching water, leaving behind opportunities for earning livelihoods and thus increasing poverty.

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s Answer:

The WASH Revolution: The WASH Revolution is the coming together of leaders of the world’s many religions, as well as captains of industry, political luminaries, top entertainers and representatives from NGOs, foundations and international bodies, in the name of improving access to clean and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene for all. Recent WASH Revolution initiatives have included GIWA’s historic Worship to WASH Summit, in which hundreds of leaders from around the world pledged to join forces for WASH. GIWA Toolkits, including an impressive collection of educational videos, enable leaders to take WASH messages forward within their own communities.

Scalable on-the-Ground Initiatives: including WASH in Schools educational outreach, the provision of bio-toilets and clean water, Disaster Response/DRR, medical camps and para-professional health training.

photo:-Jay Mandal/On AssignmentAdvocacy for WASH: GIWA works with world and domestic leaders to promote the importance of policies and programmes that ensure universal access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene. Since its inception, discussions have been held with leaders including HRH, Charles Prince of Wales, HRH King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, President Pranab Mukherjee of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister David Cameron of England, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Ram Baran Yadav of Nepal, President Donald Ramotar of Guyana, numerous sitting Cabinet Ministers and other esteemed leaders.

WASH for Peace: As resources diminish, conflicts over water are expected to pose increasing threats to peace and anti-poverty efforts. GIWA’s WASH for Peace Programme builds bridges of interfaith and international cooperation and mutual-understanding through the central theme of Sustainability and WASH. Planned programmes include an April WASH for Peace and Worship for WASH Summit in South Africa and a 2016 River Jordan-River Ganges WASH for Peace Summit in the Middle East. GIWA also participates actively in sustainability programmes and initiatives including the Delhi Sustainable Development Forum, the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, and many others.

The GIWA Academy: The GIWA Academy provides faith-based organizations, civil society and communities with the information, inspiration, tools and techniques they require in order to successfully carry forth their own WASH projects and initiatives to help stem poverty cycles in their regions.

Women for WASH: Women and girls are the most impacted by the lack of WASH. For this reason, GIWA’s Women for WASH Initiative is inspiring and equipping women to be WASH leaders and mobilizers. Recent events included GIWA’s Women for WASH Summit of Leaders, which brought together top female faith, education and civil society leaders for the cause of WASH. GIWA’s upcoming Women for a WASH Revolution Programme will enable women to graduate from poverty and propagate WASH through an entrepreneurial lens.

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