BANDIPORA : As a tribute to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, District Administration Bandipora in collaboration with JKSWM has launched a significant project “WASH (WOMEN AND SANITARY HYGIENE)” aimed at empowering women and fostering impeccable sanitary hygiene practices throughout the district.
It was given out that, the initiative is a commemoration of Gandhi Ji’s steadfast commitment to women’s empowerment and his profound respect for “Nari Shakti” (women power).
It was further given out that that in a first of its kind and unique initiative to promote Women And Sanitary Hygiene (WASH) in Bandipora, District Administration Bandipora and Jammu & Kashmir Students Welfare Mission (JKSWM), a non-profit organization, has embarked on a transformative journey.
The initiative, supported by the ‘We Are Human Foundation (WAHF)’, New Delhi, seeks to empower women and promote sanitation.
The WASH programme was kickstarted under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, Dr. Owais Ahmed, IAS, coordinated by District Programme Officer, POSHAN, Mohammad Ashraf Hakak, and under noble supervision of District Social Welfare Officer Bandipora, Hidayatullah Mir to mark a significant impact on women’s health and hygiene.
The programme, supported by the We Are Human Foundation (WAHF) of New Delhi, has simultaneously conducted various Sanitary Kit Distribution cum Hygiene Awareness Camps at prominent locations in the district, including New District Hospital Bandipora, Gynecology Department, DH Bandipora and Girls Higher Secondary School Bandipora.
Additionally, it has reached out to various women self-help groups, ICDS centres in Arin, Aloosa, Bagh, Chewa, Vijpara Hajin,Kudara, Chuntimullah, Mukdamyari Hajin, Goshbugh, Sumbal and more areas of the District.
Collaboration with key stakeholders, including the District Administration Bandipora, Department of Social Welfare Bandipora, ICDS Bandipora, SAKHI One Stop Centre Bandipora, and the District Hub for Empowerment of Women (DHEW), Bandipora, has been instrumental in the programme’s success. The programme was facilitated on ground by a leading women driven centre – SAKHI – One Stop Centre, Bandipora under the aegis of J K Students Welfare Mission.
Speakers stated that Gandhi Ji recognized the power of women in shaping the society. The WASH program is not just about sanitation; it’s about empowering our women and recognizing their essential role in nation-building.
District Administration Bandipora on the occasion distributed 10000 sanitary kits among needy women and adolescent girls. It was given out that the ambitious goal of Project WASH is to distribute more WASH Kits by the end of the year.
Project Incharge WASH, Afshana Haasan while speaking on the occasion said that this noble initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the collaborative efforts of District Administration Bandipora.