A one day interfaith and media workshop was organised in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh to spread the message of total sanitation and hygienic practices that saw the participation of more than 100 religious leaders of different faiths under one roof.
The programme was jointly organised by the District Mission in collaboration with UNICEF, World Vision and Sarathi Foundation on 11th December, 2018 in Sitapur. Religions represented at the event were Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism.
The inter-religious platform provided an opportunity to discuss ways to sustain behavior of the communities to ensure ODF (open defecation free) sustainability.
On the objectives of such a workshop, District Project Coordinator, Ms. Ritu Tiwari said that the district SBM team had tried to convey the message of sanitation and generate awareness among the masses through different mediums. However, “Through an interfaith workshop, we can try to make our religious leaders and gurus generate a kind of faith among the community that cleanliness is close to godliness,” she said. Thereby, faith leaders can act as strong building blocks to bring about behavioural change among the communities, promoting a sustainable, clean and hygienic environment.
In addition to the religious leaders from the different blocks of the district, as many as 35 media persons were present, as also 70 members from the district Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) team-both district and block levels.
“It was a very fruitful workshop. All the religious leaders participated actively, and even took an oath for spreading the message of sanitation amongst the communities,” Tiwari said.
The district administration is planning to organise similar workshops in all 19 blocks of Sitapur.
Sitapur that had sanitation coverage of 1.3% prior to October 2014 now has achieved 99.98% coverage. The district will soon be declared ODF.