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Rhymes and plays unite children on Global Handwashing Day
Naureen Khan & Humanitarian Team, Oxfam India
Oxfam India celebrates Global Handwashing Day with students of the Government Higher Secondary School Thopranakudy in Idukki district, Kerala.
Children wore paper-made caps and learned a basic habit quintessential for a healthy life, a proper method of hand washing. They were taught how to wash and when to wash hands through rhymes and plays. The programme conducted by Oxfam India was a part of the global hand washing day.
“Washing hands with soap is one of the simplest methods by which we can prevent ourselves from a number of communicable diseases. Making hand washing a habit is a fantastic life skill to pass along,” said Domaki Bhutia, Head of the Oxfam India flood response team at Idukki who is also a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program (WASH) expert.
Apart from Idukki, Oxfam India also organized the program in Wayanad and Alappuzha district and created awareness about the importance of hand washing. In Wayanad, the global hand washing day observance was held at Chukkalikuni Kattunayaka colony. Kattunayka is a vulnerable tribal group which requires consecutive efforts to bring out behavioural changes. The community members wholeheartedly participated in the programme and performed a dance to the tunes of a song inclined to their tradition.
Watch Oxfam India in Kerala celebrate Global Handwashing Day with children.
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