The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance will be working with the state of Uttarakhand, India to help inspire the bringing about of clean water filtration systems for every school in the state, amounting to some four million children. The system, called Bio-Sand Filtration, is made from all-natural materials through a process developed by GIWA/Project Hope partners, the South Asia Fresh Water Initiative and Friendly Water for the World.
On the occasion of a historic MoU signing concerning the water filtration system, the Hon’ble State Minister of Education and Drinking Water, Shri Mantri Prasad Naithani (top photo) said, “It is truly a testament to the dedication GIWA and [GIWA Co-Founder] Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji who has been able to connect so many people from not only all over the nation but all over the world. I also believe that clean and safe water is a fundamental right that must be available in every school of the state. Together we can provide clean and safe drinking water to all of Uttarakhand’s, schools providing clean water to some 4 million children.”
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji said, “the time has come that we collectively shift our focus from temples to toilets, taps and trees. The need of the hour and the true worship is to work to provide adequate facilities for sanitation, clean water, and raise awareness about health and hygiene so that we ensure healthier and happier lives for all.”