INDIA: Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative” provides funding for new bathroom facilities and sewer lines at Don Bosco Anbu Illam
(MissionNewswire) Youth accessing shelter at Don Bosco Anbu Illam, located in the city of Coimbatore in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, have new bathrooms and improved clean water access thanks to donor funding through a Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” The main building posed a health hazard because of broken sewer pipelines which were in critical need of repair and new bathrooms were needed to provide residents with hygienic facilities.
Thanks to donor funding, the shelter now has new sewer lines and eight new bathrooms. Don Bosco Anbu Illam provides shelter and social support for homeless youth who had been living on the street. Salesian missionaries provide for their basic needs while helping them connect to education, rehabilitation and when possible, reconnection with their families.
“Having access to proper sanitation brings a sense of dignity to the children and families we serve in our programs,” says Father Mark Hyde, director of Salesian Missions. “Improving water and sanitation facilities also ensures that youth are living in an environment that promotes proper hygiene, reducing the number of waterborne illnesses.”
With more than 1.3 billion people, India’s growing population is putting a severe strain on the country’s natural resources. According to Water.org, close to 77 million people do not have access to safe, clean water and 769 million have no sanitation services. Most water sources throughout the country are contaminated by sewage and agricultural runoff.
While India has made some progress in the supply of safe water, there remain gross disparities in safe water access across the country. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water with diarrhea alone causing more than 1,600 deaths daily. Access to proper sanitation is extremely poor, particularly in rural areas where only 14 percent of the population has access to a latrine.
The World Toilet Organization has noted that the world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal 6 which ensures availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030. It indicates that 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 892 million people still practice open defecation. The impact of exposure to human waste has a devastating impact on public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.
In response to this crisis, Salesian Missions has developed a “Clean Water Initiative” that has made building wells and supplying fresh, clean water a top priority for every community in every country in which Salesian missionaries work.
India has the world’s fourth largest economy but more than 22 percent of the country lives in poverty. About 31 percent of the world’s multidimensionally poor children live in India, according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. A multidimensionally poor child is one who lacks at least one-third of 10 indicators, grouped into three dimensions of poverty: health, education and standard of living.
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