Water, sanitation and hygiene is critical to combatting COVID-19! Twenty years before this crisis, sponsors ensured people in Nagpur had the water they need now more than ever to stay healthy by building the check dam. Before the dam was built, the wells in the local area ran dry by February each year and the community faced crippling water shortages. Today, there is water all year round.
For years, sponsorship has helped keep children like Nargis healthy by installing handwashing taps, toilets and water filtration systems at the local school and teaching children about the importance of handwashing. Since COVID-19, hygiene has been an even greater focus of our work in Nagpur, with extra training on COVID-19 prevention, handwashing and wearing face masks; and soaps are distributed to every community.
COVID-19 has posed additional challenges for Nargis and her community as they work to build a future free from poverty. But with sponsors’ care and support, many of the root causes of poverty in her community were already being addressed, so that today, they can face the challenges head on.