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'Water is a finite resource to be protected and shared', says Indian bishop 

Participants of the conference on water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Old Goa, western India, on March 23, 2024.

Water is a finite resource that holds immense value and must be safeguarded and shared, said Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, S.F.X., the chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Ecology and Bishop of Daltonganj, India.

He stated it during the inauguration of the three-day National Conference on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Old Goa, western India, on March 23, 2024.

Stressing the significance of access to safe drinking water, Bishop Theodore emphasized it as a fundamental human right essential for human survival and the exercise of other rights.

The Auxilium Skills Academy of Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco Province of Mumbai organized the conference, which brought together 65 participants from nine states.

These participants represented a variety of sectors, including policymakers, government officials, NGOs, academia, industry experts, and young scholars from prominent universities across India.

This gathering provided a diverse platform for stakeholders to engage in discussions, exchange insights, and address challenges within the WASH sector.

The National Conference on WASH Programs facilitated collaborative efforts to tackle sectoral challenges, fostering renewed commitment among stakeholders towards ensuring access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene nationwide.

Through deliberations and knowledge-sharing sessions, attendees exchanged best practices and insights aimed at enhancing the implementation of sustainable and community-centric WASH programs.

The Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco manage Auxilium Skills Academy, a renowned institution that promotes social empowerment and skill development among marginalized youth in four Indian states and federal territories.

Its Ecology Wing, Auxilium Nisarg Mitra, engages 2000 youth in environmental protection initiatives, integrating WASH practices into their endeavors.

This holistic approach underscores the institution's commitment to addressing environmental challenges while promoting the well-being of communities. - with input from Jonita Dungdung


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