Visit the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance website H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji is a co-founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), the world’s first initiative that is engaging the planet’s many faiths as allies in efforts to create a world where every human being has access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene.
Since the dawn of history, faith has provided a foundation from which social norms develop. It is to faith leaders that billions are drawn to in times of joy and sorrow, as well as in the search for inner meaning. As teachers to the masses, the words of faith leaders motivate, persuade and enable. Through their speech and actions, they can bring about change in ways that others, quite simply, cannot.We can no longer sit idly in our prayer rooms while children are dying painful and preventable deaths due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. That is why the faiths are joining forces to ensure everyone has access to clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene.
An estimated 5 billion people across the world are members of religious communities, underscoring the critical role religious leaders can play in addressing seemingly intractable problems – such as access to safe water and sanitation.
GIWA envisions a water-secure world in which safe and sustainable drinking water and improved sanitation will be accessible for all.
The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance brings together the world to ensure information is shared and policies are secured so that all may have access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).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.
Our on-the-ground programmes concentrate in India, which is home to the most people in the world who live without access to improved sanitation (814 million). Additionally, 97 million people in India are still not able to access improved drinking water.
Mainly due to poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), India leads the world in the numbers of deaths of children under the age of five. Many of these tragic deaths could have been prevented.
To ensure the survival and bright futures of our children, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance of India is harnessing the power of religion to educate and promote stewardship of water resources, and to bring about safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
Our projects include: