Clean hands, leading to a healthier future.
We all know that washing hands regularly is the first line of defense against diseases such as cold, cough, flu, etc. However, it is also, unfortunately, the first thing that we forget when we lay our eyes on a tasty dish. This problem is even more persistent in areas that do not have proper sanitation and education, such as the slum clusters of Delhi and the rural villages of Haryana, U.P. and Uttarakhand
In order to spread awareness and sensitize both children and their parents, the members of Deepalaya’s Gender Resource Center programme conducted several workshops in the slums of the capital city.
For the children, the event was conducted in their schools, and we found the adults in community catch points. In order to ensure that the message was successfully delivered, we tailored our speech to suit our audience – While the children were told about the importance and benefits of washing hands, mothers were taught the correct method of washing hands so that they could oversee their wards.
During the workshop, our community workers took great care to cover the ‘Importance of Hand Washing’, ‘Correct Steps of Hand Washing’ and the ‘Swachta Abhyan’. Moreover, we used lectures, discussions, demonstrations and quiz competitions to ensure active participation from the crowd.
Free sampled of towels and soaps were given out to all those who participated in the discussion and the quizzes.
A total of 229 individuals (58 children and 131 adults) participated in the workshop, making it a resounding success.