Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Two little sisters named Alpana and Ujala live in Delhi with their parents who work as farm labourers. These 7 & 8 year old young girls were absolutely clueless about practices that were conducive to health. They wore dirty clothes and their hair used to be unkempt most of the times, as their parents were unable to buy toiletries and hardly had any time to look after the daily hygiene practices in the life of their children. In winters, these kids would seldom take a bath, however would reach the learning centre, on time for their classes. The poor personal hygiene of Alpana and Ujala was a serious concern and it rose a notch higher because of the pandemic.

We planned for a session on “WASH” and conducted it for the underprivileged children.  During the session, we also came to know that these young girls were never taught to brush their teeth, at home and hence, had no idea about everyday dental hygiene. The self-esteem of these girls was at stake, as other children who cared for their hygiene chose to stay away from them.

Family hygiene poverty issue was affecting Alpana and Ujala each day, however, the two of them remained very active during the “WASH” session. They both had enthusiastically answered questions that were asked during the session and had actively participated in other activities. Lesson on good hygiene practices and its significance was a new learning for the two little girls. Throughout the session, they had demonstrated willingness to learn and were happy to get toiletries as goodies. Both the girls had agreed to encourage each other and their other siblings at home to follow good hygiene practices.

Regular motivation has encouraged Alpana and Ujala to keep themselves clean, They now brush their teeth, comb their hair and have also taught their siblings to use plant twigs each day to clean their teeth.

About the program:

WASH program is conducted to sensitize disadvantaged community members on importance of clean water, hygiene and sanitation for a healthy life. Children, women and others members of our society are encouraged to acquire good hygiene practices and focus on sanitation to stay away from diseases.