The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance was delighted to to host a delegation from UNICEF-India, which came to GIWA’s Secretariat to discuss plans for the upcoming high-level Worship to WASH and Women for WASH Summits.

Said GIWA Co-Founder, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, “Here in India, 1100 children die every day due to problems with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). It is time we expand our concept of worship to include addressing the most pressing issues of our society and begin a Clean Revolution– a WASH Revolution– for a healthier India.”

In light of the Government of India’s upcoming announcement of the Clean India campaign on the 2nd October by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji, the GIWA Summits will be the first ever effort to empower and engage leaders to become involved in a WASH Revolution to make the dream of a Clean and Green India a reality for all.

GIWA is also pledging to serve and support the Government of India to help ensure that adequate clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities are accessible within India’s schools and households.

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Attending the meetings were Ms. Sue Coates, Ms. Shalini Prasad, Ms Manisha Mishra and other members of the UNICEF team. GIWA’s Sadhvi Bhagawatiji lauded the efforts of UNICEF, stating, “Today more children are suffering and dying due to of lack of clean water and adequate sanitation than wars. It is time that we all must come together as one to address this grave issue and ensure that our children, and all the children of the world, of all countries, cultures, colors and creeds, are only able to survive but also thrive.”