Caritas marks global hand washing day in Yolanda-hit areas

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School children wash hand with soap on the Global Handwashing Day in Basey, Samar, October 15, 2016. (Photo: Calbayog DSAC)

MANILA, Oct. 15, 2016— Caritas Philippines marked the Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15, an annual advocacy day to foster the practice of handwashing with soap and highlight good hygiene.

This year, the campaign saw hundreds of children in various communities ravaged by typhoon Yolanda in 2013 simultaneously washing their hands.

Held together with the Caritas’ local counterparts, the activities held in schools and day care centers include lectures on proper hand washing, turnover of hand washing facilities, distribution of hygiene kits, and educational film showing.

“This early, we want to teach children the importance proper hand washing so they can become hygiene champions and educate other children as well in their community,” said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Caritas Philippines executive secretary.

He added that the hygiene promotion activities will also prevent diarrheal diseases in children, and raise awareness about the benefits of proper hygiene.

Those who joined the celebration are the dioceses currently implementing the Church’s Yolanda rehabilitation program.

These include the social action centers and the relief and rehabilitation units from the archdioceses of Cebu, Palo, Iloilo, Capiz, and the dioceses of Calbayog, Borongan, Palawan, Antique and Aklan.

The Diocese of Sorsogon, which is implementing together with Caritas an early recovery project for survivors of Typhoon Nona, also joined the event.

Caritas Philippines is locally known as the National Secretariat for Social Action, the humanitarian and advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. (CBCPNews)


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