Hand Wash Campaign was organized on the occasion of World Toilet Day at St.Paul’s Tamil Church CNI, Dombivli, Mumbai on 19th November, 2017. In the beginning a worship service was conducted in the church where the priest shared on cleanliness and its impact on human life. He also talked on the importance of toilet day and motivated people to stop open defecation. 35 men and women participated in the program and pledged.
“Swachhata Se Samriddhi” campaign was launched in Marathwada DBSS on 19th October’2017. Rt. Rev. M U Kasab Bishop of Marathwada Diocese has inaugurated the campaign at Aurangabad mission compound. Now DBSS team along with church elders, pastorate committee members, school staffs, ICDS workers has broadened this campaign to different families, villages, churches and institutions. So far campaign activities are done in Bidkin, Dhirkin, Karkin, Nilazgaon, Walunz, Lanzi and Wazar villages of Marathwada DBSS and people are participating in the campaign with great enthusiasm. Church elders, pastorate committee members, Sunday school children of Jalna Christ church and Jalna Ram Nagar church have participated in the campaign. Till date 811 people signed the pledge.
DBSS of Nagpur has launched hand wash campaign on 16th Oct’ 2017. Inaugural ceremony-cum-training was blessed by the Bishop Rt. Rev. Paul Duppare, Diocese of Nagpur. DBSS team, diocesan delegates, medical staffs and others participated in the inaugural meeting. Mr. Samsung Wankhede, male nurse, Mure Memorial hospital Nagpur trained the participants on seven steps of hand washing. Steps are;
- Wet hands and apply enough soap.
- Rup palms together
- Rub the back of each hand
- Rub both hands while interlocking fingers.
- Rub the back & tips of the fingers.
- Rub thumps and the ends of wrist
- Rinse both hands properly with water.
Now the campaign has reached seven villages (Sonegaon, Katurli, Kudurli, Keshalwada, Khudsabari, Malipar & Menda)of Bhandara district and six villages (Saikheda, Tikmara, Mundara, Pauna, Pabanpar, Gungewahi) of Chandrapur district. DBSS team along with Angawadi workers and school teachers are visiting families, organizing village meeting and making please aware about hand washing, personal hygiene, cleanliness, swachhata of the surrounding etc. 1980 people have signed the campaign pledge till date.
DBSS of Kolhapur has launched hand wash campaign by lighting lamp on 15th Oct’2017 at Malgaon village of Sangli district in the state of Maharashtra. Now the campaign has reached to several villages of Sangli & Kolhapur districts. DBSS team and partners conducted awareness activities among people on hand wash by conducting family visit, awareness meetings in the villages. The team shows hand wash demo to the villages by singing a song in Marathi, translation of the song in Hindi is as follows;
”Haatho mein aata hai Paisa
Pani mein tertha hai machili
Haatho ki ungli mein angootha
Baache ke mun mein angutha
Ek chidiya ka nivala
Ek kauve nivala
Maa ke haatho mein kangan
Bapu ke haatho mein ghadi”
Till now around 703 people are made aware about personal hygiene, cleanliness and they have signed in the pledge.
“Swachhata Se Samridhhi” campaign was inaugurated by DBSS of Bombay on 16th October’ 2017 in the Diocesan office, Diocese of Bombay in presence of Honorable Bishop Rt. Rev. Prakash D Patole. Till now this campaign has reached to several churches and villages in its one month journey. Around 566 people got aware on cleanliness, personal hygiene, swachhata of the surrounding etc. and signed in the pledge. People of different age groups children, youth, elders etc. are participating in this campaign with great enthusiasm. Even in the standing committee meetings of the churches and villages, this hand wash subject is discussed and people are motivating themselves and others for a hygienic and clean society.