An Urgent Appeal
Handwashing helps stop COVID-19. But in India, water is scarce
Mostly in rural India, depend on government water tank trucks to deliver a maximum of 20 to 25 liters of water per person per day—enough for COVID-19 handwashing, but only if the villagers use water for nothing else.
Almost 21 percent of communicable diseases, including cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid, are water-borne, and could be prevented in part with better handwashing—as could respiratory diseases such as flu and COVID-19.
The covid-19 pandemic has devastated lives across the globe, The world has learned about the situation in India, but what we hear from our partners, collaborators and friends on the ground is only half the grim stories of death and tragedy. India desperately needs our help.
Life and Livelihood
It is estimated that anywhere between 22 million people laborers have left their places of work in urban centres and migrated back to their villages. Added to this number are those in rural areas whose lives and livelihoods have been severely disrupted. These people work as daily wage laborers to earn their livelihood, and the pandemic has wiped out all means of living and pushed them into the throes of poverty.
Vishrami is an artisan from the village of Tilonia in Rajasthan, she weaves cotton clothes for a living and supports her grandson education. Due to the pandemic, as many as 400 families like Vishrami are on the verge of loosing their livelihood.
Photo: Mireia Lopez BBCP founder & Creative director
and Vishrami Devi at Barefoot College. Tilonia.
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